Istana Park, completed in 1995, was designed and built as an extension to the main entrance of the Istana. The Istana, which located across the road from the park, is the official residence of the President of Singapore.
The centrepiece of the park is the 26 metre high Festival Arch rising out of a shallow reflecting pool. The design of the stainless steel and concrete structure was inspired by the gateposts and railings at the Istana's entrance. The Festival Arch forms the gateway to Orchard Road and Singapore's Civic District.