First Ever Youth Olympic Games in Singapore

Appointed as the event’s Official Venue Infrastructure Overlay Sponsor, Pico recently helped Singapore to construct the Main Media Centre for the first ever 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG). Our team also provided design consultancy for the content and exhibition of the first YOG Learning Centre, Torch Relay Consultancy, Village Square and Official Merchandise stores at Orchard Road. The sponsorship arrangement additionally called for the design of a parts kit for venue dressing plus the provision of informational icons for Games-time signage. Other duties included establishing a competition venue at Marina Reservoir and stage set ups for both the opening and closing ceremonies.


A striking two-storey facility, the Learning Centre encourages visitors to not only experience Olympic values but also trace Singapore’s journey in winning the bid to host the first ever YOG.

Specific tasks here involved the design and construction of a huge hydraulic bridge operated via a first-of-its-kind customised lift capable of reaching 24m in 12 seconds. Pico also helped construct a 33m-high Opening Torch cauldron with an enclosed glass façade plus and reflective pool on a floating pontoon. A unique thematic gallery portraying the story of Singapore at the YOG village square plus precision design and deployment of 3,000 signs across 33 venues were other tasks our team completed within this job’s remarkably short timeframe.

Our teams were also heavily involved in venue design, creating a competition venue for canoe/rowing in an inaccessible piece of land in Marina Reservoir. To this end, they not only anchored a competition pontoon inside the reservoir but also constructed a two-storey office on a pontoon within a safe working load.