Bugis+, pronounced as Bugis Plus and formerly known as Iluma, is a 10 storey shopping mall which is 5 minutes walk from Bugis MRT station. It is located within the Bugis district of Singapore.
The opening of Iluma in 2009, was greeted with much fanfare. However, after several months, tenants started complaining about the lack of patrons, even though it is located just beside the busy Bugis Street. The management tried to draw in patrons by calling in international artistes such as David Archuleta and Trace Bundy. Despite their efforts, the mall still had low patronage and many tenants were forced to shut down their stores . In 2011, CapitaMall Trust Management announced that they had acquired Iluma from Jack Investments for S$295 million. As part of the transfer, the mall was revamped in late 2011 and was completed in mid-2012. In April 2012, CapitaMall announced that the mall will be renamed to Bugis+. With a net lettable area of about 194,000 sq ft, Bugis+ enjoys synergy with Bugis Junction, linked via a bridge at Level 2, serving the wider needs of PMEBs, young adults and teenagers. The integration of Bugis+ and Bugis Junction created a combined shopping destination with net lettable area of more than 600,000 sq ft. A link bridge conecting Bugis Junction and Bugis+, Both owned by CapitaMall Trust and managed by CapitaMalls Asia, ties the 2 malls together making shopping a lot more convenient.
Today Bugis+ is a vibrant mall with endless entertainment, exciting F&B and stylish fashion trade mix, creating a dynamic magnet for fun-seeking trendy youths in the heart of Bugis. Aimed to highlight the art and entertainment scene around Bugis+ is a new urban shopping centre that boasts of a unique, luminous exterior which also acts a media platform.
Description of the location and accessibility
Bugis+ is strategically located in the heart of Singapore’s Civic and Cultural District directly opposite Bugis Junction. It is directly connected by an overhead link-bridge to the second storey of Bugis Junction which allows easy access to the Bugis MRT Interchange Station.
Shopper Trafic/Catchment Area
Annual Shopper Traffic 21.0 million
Show, FilmGarde Cineplex, Garena Stadium, The Joyden Hall, Suites by K Box (karaoke).
Features mall architecture
Designed by WOHA, the facade of the mall plays with the theme of light and illumination, having high-tech features such as a light- and media facade designed by WOHA in conjunction with Berlin based media artists realities:united (German wiki site).
The ""crystal mesh"" facade envelops the convex part of the building and brightly lit billboards will scatter across its flatter sides, unlike those in the Times Square. Its theme was inspired by its proximity to arts venues and tertiary institutions.
Seven retail-cum-entertainment levels, including a single level overhead link-bridge. Multi-storey car park with direct access into the mall at levels 3 and 4.
Market Valuation (S$ million) 330.0
List of stores
Children's Shoes & Clothes
Jewelry & Watches