A new floating hawker centre proposed by SPARK Architects resembles a bunch of futuristic floating lily pads. The architecture firm hopes their Solar Orchid project will bring pop-up shops and restaurants to the Singapore waterfront. The pod-like structures would aid in revitalizing the area, which has a "street food heritage," as it can house a number of different retailers and restaurants.
The reconfigurable floating hawker centre would be mobile and sustainable, with a solar canopy. The cooked-food centre would allow different vendors to come in, while the modular quality of the pods allow them to be moved and re-arranged. The buoyant compartmentalized areas are self-contained as well, each having its own built-in exhaust, electrical, gas, water, waste collection, table settings and water recycling services.