Heritage Buildings in Singapore

Heritage Buildings in Singapore

Singapore Heritage Buildings

National Gallery Singapore
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The Museum is located in the Civic District, at the centre of Singapore’s government. One of the Heritage Buildings in Singapore, the City Hall and the former Supreme Court are two iconic structures that have had a key role in Singapore’s history, appropriately housed in this historical and picturesque location. Even while they were being transformed into a cutting-edge museum for the general public, great pains were taken to ensure that these two national monuments were maintained in accordance with the necessary conservation standards. The Museum is a must-see attraction in Singapore, dedicated to collecting a collection that will shed light on the region’s distinct art, culture, and history. It is the most significant visual arts facility in Singapore and one of the largest in Asia at 64,000 square meters. The National Collection consists of more than 8,000 pieces from Singapore’s national collection, making it one of the world’s most essential and valuable public collections of contemporary art from the 19th century to the present day. The Museum contains Singapore’s most prominent local artists, including Georgette Chen, Chen Chong Swee, and Liu Kang. The Museum houses a comprehensive collection of Southeast Asian and international art. Several famous artists, including Raden Saleh (Indonesia), Latiff Mohidin (Malaysia), and Nguyen Gia Tri (Vietnam), as well as foreign celebrities such as Yayoi Kusama and Mark Rothko. The Museum will provide a variety of educational programs, such as guided tours, artist talks, discussions with curators, and lecture series to assist visitors in better appreciating the works.

Tan Teng Niah Singapore
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One of Singapore’s most colourful historical neighbourhoods is Little India. The area was once dotted with lime pits, brick kilns, and a racing track, and its streets were crowded with herders, merchants, and garland makers selling their goods. This village of Indian culture has preserved its identity to this day. The area is a fascinating combination of modern and historic, with contemporary street art and cutting-edge restaurants sitting side by side with ancient temples and traders selling a distinctive blend of spices, silk, and flowers. The home, one of the most colourful in India and is the country’s only remaining historic villa, was abandoned by a wealthy Indian family. A local businessman named Tan Teng Niah erected this vividly coloured home in 1900. The area was an industrial zone (Tan’s candy and rubber factories were located nearby) at the time, and many of Singapore’s ethnic-Chinese entrepreneurs lived in similar houses. As it is now known, Little India developed during Singapore’s rapid economic development and social change in the 20th century. The neighbourhood was largely rebuilt with modern commercial structures and sleek skyscrapers to replace the original trading homes. The Tan Teng Niah home, on the other hand, survived and was fully restored in the 1980s to its present appearance. It is thought to be the final of its kind, and it has been designated a national monument by the National Heritage Board. The current appearance of the home, rather than its long history, has made it so popular among locals and tourists. The exterior is covered in a rainbow riot of brilliant hues, with each component—each slat, moulding, panel, and pilaster—in a distinct colour than its neighbour. The home is painted in sky blue, avocado green, traffic-cone orange, highlighter yellow, and nail-polish pink colours. Gilded Chinese calligraphy, complex floral lunettes, and a bamboo-tiled roof add to the colourful colour scheme. A party house is now used as a commercial residence. Recent tenants have included a pharmacy and a business training institute—a bit of an unusual experience taking place in one of Singapore’s most remarkable structures.

Sultan Mosque
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Singapore’s Muslim community is centred on the magnificent Sultan Mosque, which is also known as Masjid Sultan. The Sultan Mosque, with its colossal golden domes and massive prayer hall, is a must-see if you’re in the Kampong Gelam region. The Sultan Mosque, commonly known as Masjid Sultan, is a prominent mosque in Singapore and one of the country’s most stunning religious buildings. The Sultan Mosque, also known as the Great Mosque, was built for Singapore’s first ruler, Sultan Hussein Shah, in 1824. S$3,000 was given by Sir Stamford Raffles, Singapore’s founder, to build a single-story structure with a double-tiered roof. In 1755, an earthquake destroyed the mosque, and a replacement structure was erected in its place. Denis Santry of Swan and Maclaren, Singapore’s oldest architectural business, designed and rebuilt the current mosque in 1932. The mosque’s rebuilding was beset with difficulties. For example, North Bridge Road had to be straightened around the structure as it was extended to Arab Street. Take a look at the onion-shaped domes as you walk by. The top is made of fibreglass, while the bottom is constructed of polycarbonate. On either side of the octagonal structure are eight glass bottle finishes that were donated by low-income Muslims during construction so that all Muslims, not just the wealthy, could contribute to this project. The mosque was designated a national monument in 1975 and has long been a focal point for the Muslim community. If you’re there during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, don’t miss out on seeing the night market and its many food vendors. The mosque also contains an Islamic museum. It has historical artefacts from the history of Islam, as well as other cultural objects such as a prayer room, museum shop, and café. There are several tours of the mosque available in English, Malay, Chinese, and Japanese.

Thian Hock Keng Temple
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The oldest Chinese temple in Singapore is steeped in history and is a must-see for history enthusiasts and interested individuals interested in oriental culture. In the 19th century, Telok Ayer Street was adjacent to the beach and sea. This is where Singapore’s colonial town planners began, and Chinatown grew outward from here. While the shoreline has been reclaimed since then, Thian Hock Keng Temple (also known as “Temple of Heavenly Happiness”), which remains amid the city’s cool bars and restaurants—an ostentatious reminder of Chinatown’s origins. Thian Hock Keng Temple, Singapore’s first Chinese temple, was built in 1839 with the assistance of prominent members of the Hokkien community including Tan Tock Seng. Early Chinese immigrants came to this island to pray for a safe crossing of the enormous South China Sea. The temple’s distinctive roofs piqued the attention of Qing Emperor Guang Xu, who sought a Chinese calligraphy plaque inscribed with the words “Gentle Waves Over the South Seas” in 1907. Take a look at the magnificent architecture in the traditional southern Chinese style at the temple. Keep your eye out for the stylized dragon, phoenix, and god carvings and sculptures as well as the bright broken porcelain on the roof ridges, a Fujian decoration approach. In contrast to the French version, the Singaporean original, which was constructed of wood and cement, had no nails used in its construction. The temple, now a gazetted national monument and cared for by the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan, is made entirely of wood and cement.

The Majestic Singapore
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The former magnificent opera house drew the most illustrious operas from China. They performed to capacity crowds, with their intricately adorned faces and exquisite attire. The theatre was filled with elegant hostesses sashaying amongst the clients, serving wine and tea with smiles every night. This was the home of Eu Tong Sen, a wealthy Anglophile who provided funds for several charitable causes. In 1927, he constructed this theatre for his wife after she was denied entrance to another opera performance hall. The theatre’s distinctive Art Deco façade, adorned with hand-painted tiles depicting opera characters and winged dragons, is a popular tourist attraction. Eu bought all the properties on Theatre Street to construct just one theatre.

Changi Chapel and Museum Singapore
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The Second World War was a traumatic period for millions of people throughout the world. The Changi Chapel and Museum tells the story of Singapore’s tumultuous period, as well as events that took place between 1942 and 1945, during the Japanese Occupation. The monument, which is actually a chapel and museum combined, stands as a testament to the human spirit’s perseverance. With support and loans from relatives of the internees, the museum now houses 114 artefacts in eight exhibit zones, exploring their daily routines, challenges, and freedom after World War II. The museum’s first four zones cover the history of Changi from the 19th century to the 1920s, Singapore’s fall during World War II, and the experiences of soldiers and prisoners held at Changi. The final four sections examine the internment camp’s inhabitants’ daily lives, including their fortitude and creativity amid adversity, their subsequent emancipation, and their legacies after the war. The space focuses closely on the accounts of those imprisoned at Changi, both in terms of scale and content. A projection show explains the history of Changi, from its lovely pre-war ambience to the beginning of the three-and-a-half-year Japanese Occupation. The museum’s re-created Changi Gaol cell allows visitors to walk in the shoes of the prisoners, and to comprehend the confined conditions in which they were held. Reenacted conversations between them provide a glimpse into their daily lives and living circumstances.

St. Andrew's Cathedral
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The main landmark in Singapore is a superb example of colonial-era architecture and history. St Andrew’s Cathedral, the country’s largest cathedral, is impossible to miss with its massive tower and steeple. Christ Church Cathedral is Singapore’s oldest Anglican church and its largest cathedral, as well as being the country’s most magnificent. The present building, which was constructed in 1856, was designed by an executive engineer and superintendent of the Public Works Department, Colonel Ronald MacPherson. The old chapel that was destroyed by not one but two lightning strikes in 1852 was replaced with this English Gothic structure. The old chapel that was destroyed by not one but two lightning strikes in 1852 was replaced with this English Gothic structure. St. Kentigern was the church’s eponym, named after the Scottish patron saint. The church was constructed using money donated by Scottish traders. The cathedral was built using Indian convicts as labourers. The cathedral was utilized as an emergency hospital for Allied troops throughout the war, just before Singapore fell in 1942. Following World War II, the church service resumed in 1945. The cathedral and its grounds, which were designated as a national monument in 1973, feature several monuments and dedications. The apse’s stained glass windows commemorate Singapore’s founder, Sir Stamford Raffles; its second British Resident, John Crawfurd; and Straits Settlements Governor, Major-General William Butterworth. In Singapore, tablets celebrating the 1915 Sepoy Mutiny are also available.

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
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The club was turned into a hospital for wounded British troops on the final days of the Second World War, with makeshift surgery rooms. In 1942, Governor Sir Shenton Thomas and Lady Thomas took refuge in the sleeping quarters of the Singapore Club as Japanese forces approached. The Fullerton Building served as headquarters for the Japanese military administration in Singapore after General Percival broached the subject with Sir Shenton. The building was subsequently used by the Japanese military administration to serve as its headquarters. The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is a five-star luxury hotel in the Downtown Core of Singapore’s Central Area, located near the mouth of the Singapore River. It was originally called the Fullerton Building before becoming known as the General Post Office Building. 1 Fullerton Square is its address. The Straits Settlements’ first governor, Robert Fullerton (1826–1829), is associated with the building. The Structure was constructed in 1924 as part of the British colony’s centennial celebrations and was designed by Keys & Dowdeswell, a Shanghai firm of architects that won the competition through an architectural design contest. The firm was responsible for the construction of the Capitol Theatre, the adjacent Capitol Building, and the Singapore General Hospital. It was now designated a national monument of Singapore in 2015. The building’s upper floors are rented out by The Exclusive Singapore Club to offer members amenities and comfort. Only top European tycoons and British civil servants were allowed inside. Many of the rooms were used for dining, lounging, conference, and card games. Members reside in the attic level’s bedrooms. The Singapore Club was evicted from the Fullerton Building by the Economic Development Board (EDB) in 1961. The Singapore Club, which was founded in 1842 and founded at Fullerton Building before moving to Clifford House on Collyer Quay and then to the Straits Trading Building near Boat Quay, left Fullerton Building vacant for usage by EDB and other government agencies.

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Old Hill Street Police Station Singapore
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Hill Street Police Station (also known as the Old Hill Street Police Station) is a historic police station and former headquarters of the Singapore Police Force that now serves as a museum. The name was changed in 1999 from Old Hill Street Police Station to “MITA Building” and then to “MICA Building” in 2004 after it became the Ministry of Community Development. In November 2012, the name “MICA Building” was reverted back to “Old Hill Street Police Station.” The building has 927 windows, and they are colourfully painted. Some may notice that the brightly lit windows on the first four stories have similar bright intensity, while the higher windows gradually intensify to highlight the cantilevered balconies, which are fascinating architectural aspects of this historic structure.

Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall
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The Victoria Theatre, which opened in 1862, and the Victoria Concert Hall, which was built in that year and re-opened after a fire in 1900, are two of Singapore’s most recognized landmarks. The theatre, with a capacity of 614 people, is housed in a historic building in the city’s Civic District. A 673-seat concert hall adjoins it. The neo-classical façade of the national monument was restored in 2010 during a four-year renovation that included new state-of-the-art facilities and amenities. Two smaller rooms for music, dance, and theatre rehearsals were also added as part of the upgrading. The Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, which has been a part of Singapore’s history for almost 150 years, is a dynamic mid-sized platform that supports the arts industry’s development. Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall is managed by Arts House Ltd.

Central Defence Heritage Gallery
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The National Museum of Singapore’s Civil Defence Heritage Gallery collects photos, videos, artefacts, and other materials regarding the nation’s emergency preparedness. Traces firefighting and civil defence efforts in Singapore from the late 1800s to today and is meant to serve as a two-pronged educational tool for educating people about the SCDF’s illustrious history and raising public awareness of civil defence. The museum is also part of the Civic District Heritage Trail, which will allow visitors to learn more about Singapore’s history by visiting the gallery in the Central Fire Station, which is in the city’s centre.

Singapore Heritage Sites

Haji lane Sinagpore
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This street is full of things to do, from little cafés to incredible murals. The crowd is varied here, with youngsters photographers, middle-aged women relaxing in their bikinis, and hipster gents shopping for unique accessories. The bright colours of the backdrop and wall graffiti attract photographers for fantastic photo sessions. Haji Lane is one of Singapore’s most historic locations, and it’s a must-see. The Native Malay and Muslim Community now lives in the Kampong Glam District, which beautiful Masjid Sultan surrounds. This compact street is home to several antique and record stores and charming cafés for tourists to enjoy a tranquil interlude amongst the bustle. This lane is the fashionista’s paradise, with stunning dress shirts and a great retail strip.

the battle box Singapore
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During World War II, the British built an underground command centre in Singapore’s city centre. This bomb-proof bunker has a fascinating backstory recreated through wax sculptures and moving figures. Many crucial decisions were made here, including the fateful decision to cede Singapore to Japan. This magnificent monument is a must-see for any trip to Singapore. Even on public holidays, this location opens at 9:30 am and closes at 5:30 pm. There are two entrances and 27 rooms on this site. The National History Museum of Singapore is a stunning monument that goes through the country’s history in an exciting and informative manner. This location is on Terrace Singapore and may be reached by bus or taxi.

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
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The oldest Hindu temple in Singapore was constructed in 1881 and is dedicated to the goddess Kali, a terrifying representation of Shakti. Many images within the temple depict kali wearing garlands of skulls and ripping out her victims’ insides. The Hindus who came from India to the country’s current location erected this famous historical site. It stands proudly in the centre of Little India, where it has several tales to tell about colonial Singapore. The ornate carvings and tiny details add to the beauty of this temple. People sheltered in this unique monument after Japan air-bombed Singapore during World War II. People seeking refuge inside the temple were unchanged, as the bombing did not harm the temple or its monuments. The beautiful temple was restored in 2014 and now has six stories and colourful interiors. Despite its age of more than a century, this temple can’t be recognized due to the renovation.

Malay Heritage Centre
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The Sultan Ali Iskandar Shah Palace, built-in 1840 by Sultan Ali Iskandar Shah, the son of Sultan Hussein Shah, was reopened with the goal of housing royalty as the Malay Heritage Centre in 2004 and made a National monument for SG50 National Day. The museum has six permanent galleries that showcase historical artefacts and the many roles of Kampong Glam in the early history of Singapore.

Chinatown Heritage Centre
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Chinatown home is the place to go if you want to follow in the footsteps of early Singapore pioneers and hear the personal stories of individuals. In the 1950s, the Chinatown Heritage Centre succeeded in re-creating its shophouse tenants’ original interiors. Depicting the history of early Chinese immigrants as they travelled from China to Singapore, established local clan associations, and detailed how opium was formed distributed across Singapore.

Singapore Historical Places

Kranji War Memorial
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This is Singapore’s most famous ancient structure. One of Singapore’s historical sites is the Kranji War Memorial. It remembers those who lost their lives in the line of duty during World War II. It also contains a mass grave of 69 Chinese soldiers who perished during the Japanese occupation of Singapore. It’s got over 4,400 white gravestones that give it the appearance of a disturbingly quiet place. A solemn ceremony is conducted every year on the Sunday nearest to November 11, remembering those who World War II harmed.

The Civilian War Memorial
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The Civilian War Memorial was dedicated on February 15, 1967, by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. The 25th anniversary of Singapore’s fall to the Japanese is also marked by four pillars representing the country’s four major ethnic groups: Chinese, Indian, Malay, and Eurasian. This historical site in Singapore is located above the tombs of many local people murdered during the Japanese occupation of Singapore. The youth refer to these towers as “The Chopsticks.” On February 15, a memorial service is held every year to commemorate such.

Mint Museum Of Toys in Singapore
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The historical monuments in Singapore are filled with nostalgia. The journey down memory lane will be complete with rows of toys, collectables, and comics. Furthermore, the information about the period they encapsulate is quite fascinating. The Mint Museum of Toys has more than 50,000 antique toys, some as old as 120 years. The museum is a strong contender for Singapore’s unusual historical sites.

Fort Siloso Singapore
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The 18th-century fort, Fort Siloso, was one of three forts built to defend Singapore from seaborne attacks in the 1800s. The Royal Artillery Building in Singapore is now one of the most famous historical sites, with a massive collection of World War II-era weapons and other military tunnels and constructions. Several fascinating interactive tours and courses provide exciting information and intricate details about the wars and pre-wars strategies.

Indian National Army Monument
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The Indian National Army monument is among Singapore’s most famous historical monuments, situated in the beautiful Esplanade Park. It was erected in 1995 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of World War II. It is a building where you feel an unquenchable sense of respect and regrets for all who have died, standing over an original monument dedicated to an unknown Indian soldier but destroyed during the war.

Historical Buildings In Singapore

Masjid Omar Kampong Melaka
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With origins dating back to 1824, the magnificent Sultan Mosque may be considered Singapore’s oldest mosque. Masjid Omar Kampong Melaka, on the other hand, has a modest history as a wooden “surau” (Islamic assembly building) that dates back to 1820, making it the city’s first mosque and Singapore’s first place of worship. The first mosque in Singapore was established by Arab businessman and philanthropist Syed Omar Aljunied, who personally greeted Sir Stamford Raffles when he arrived in the city. Syed Abdullah, the imam’s son, then paid for the mosque’s restoration in 1855. The mosque was recognized as a historical site by the National Heritage Board in 2001 after undergoing numerous renovations throughout history.

Art House Singapore
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The Arts House was formerly known as Old Parliament House and is now the oldest existing government structure. It was initially constructed for Scottish trader John Argyle Maxwell as a private home before being seized by the colonial authorities. In 1875, extra wings were built, and in 1901 and 1909, the building was redesigned to become more Victorian. It became the Parliament House in 1959 and was gazetted as a national monument in 1992. It was formerly a school, and it was converted into a home for performing and visual arts in 1999. It has been bustling ever since its inception in March 2004, when it became the new home of the National Thangkirat Performing Arts Center.

Armenian church Singapore
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The first Christian church in Singapore was the Church of St John at Hill Street, which was completed in 1819. And there’s more early history: it was the city’s first building to have electricity, and it opened in 1909. It was built to commemorate Saint Gregory the Illuminator, Armenia’s first monk, and designed by George D. Coleman. The tiny church was designated as a national monument in 1973 and restored in 1994, and it serves as a monument to the formerly robust Armenian population of Singapore. The Sarkies brothers built the Raffles Hotel, Agnes Joaquim, who hybridized Singapore’s national flower Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’, and Catchick Moses founded The Straits Times.

Le Meridien Singapore
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Le Meridien Singapore is located on a grassy hilltop overlooking Sentosa Island’s turquoise waters, in a former British army barracks that served as the base for British artillerymen during World War II. A clock tower was erected in the 1940s, followed by an expansion in the 1990s. In 2012, DP Architects from Singapore restored The Heritage Wing (the architects of The Dubai Mall). The resort’s elegant Tudor-style architecture and period interior elements have been restored to their former grandeur to offer a genuine sense of history, which is set against a contemporary wing with modern characteristics like outdoor pools and rooftop gardens.

Shop Houses Singapore
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The city’s ubiquitous stores were once the most common building type in Singapore, covering the whole island. Only a few areas, such as Chinatown and Tanjong Pagar’s hipster haven, have charming streets lined with shop buildings these days. Most have long been converted into residences, except for a handful. For example, warehouses, shops, or offices on the ground floor were typical, with homes above. Stores are now some of the most fashionable cafés and restaurants in Singapore. Many roofs are transformed into spectacular bars offering stunning city views (there are several great rooftop bars on Club Street and Southbridge at Boat Quay with a breathtaking vista).

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Raffles Hotel Singapore
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The grande dame of Singapore’s illustrious edifices had a modest beginning. In the late 1880s, Armen Sarkies brothers leased a cottage owned by an Arab trader. They called it after British colonizer Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles and began with just ten rooms for their guests. It didn’t last long. Raffles Hotel has undergone numerous changes throughout the years, from a new three-story main building in 1899 to a significant renovation in 2019 (and several restorations between). Its white façade and neo-Renaissance style incorporates tropical features such as high ceilings and large verandas. “Raffles Hotel is famous for its history and opulence, as well as the invention of the Singapore Sling,” Chong added. “Fun fact: This is also where the legendary cocktail Singapore Sling was created.”

Jewel at Changi Airport
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The oldest building on our list is the colonial-style home in Singapore’s Woodlands, dating back to 1970. The structure is majestic and elegant from designer Moshe Safdie’s fertile imagination. The outside of this tower is characterized by a dramatic doughnut shape framed in glass and steel. The interior, meanwhile, is reminiscent of nature with a hedge maze, hanging glass chandeliers and the world’s largest indoor waterfall dubbed the Rain Vortex. The structure also houses several restaurants, a hotel, and services for airline passengers such as early check-in, luggage storage, and connections to three of the airport’s terminals. “Jewel has redefined airport, retail, and public space all at the same time,” Chong added. “It has a major influence on making Changi Airport the most recognized – and probably Instagram-friendly – airport in the world.”

The Interlace Singapore
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The Interlace is a 31-story apartment building with eight courtyards surrounded by 24 terraced homes. When the building was named World Building of the Year, one of its designers, Eric Chang, said: “Our major consideration was how to conceive something more of a vertical village than an actual residence building.”

Pinnacle Singapore
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The Pinnacle@Duxton is an example of our nation’s inventive approach to urban planning and public housing, standing above the neighbourhood like a skyscraper. Its design and construction both revitalize and commemorate the area’s history. It is built on Singapore’s first Housing Development Board (HDB) blocks, which were previously destroyed during World War II. Precast concrete technology, which was initially used only in big projects like bridges and tunnels, was employed to construct simple, elegant homes by two local architectural firms who collaborated. The Pinnacle@Duxton, a landmark in Singapore’s housing history for demonstrating how the HDB meets the demands of providing housing in an urban setting, was completed in 2009. Sky bridges connect the 26th and 50th levels, which reach as high as skyscrapers and are linked at the 26th and 50th floors. The first HDB housing development with sky bridges connecting the buildings. Each sky garden, which is 500 meters long, lives on one of the sky bridges. Pinnacle@Duxton holds two world records: the tallest public housing development and the most extended sky gardens.

Golden Mile Complex Singapore
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The Housing and Development Board’s Department of Urban Renewal was formed in 1966 to provide greater freedom and self-direction in Central Area redevelopment. The Sales of Sites program was launched by the Housing and Development Board’s Urban Renewal Department in 1967, resulting in The Golden Mile Complex construction. The “Golden Mile” is a six-lane stretch of road that separates Nicoll Highway from Beach Road. The Singaporean government designed it as a high-rise spine facing Kallang Basin. The area used to be home to settlers and a few tiny marine industries. In 1983, tinged glass was added to the Beach Road facade of the Golden Mile Complex building to meet the desired overall thermal transfer value rating. In March 2006, Singapore Nominet Member of Parliament Ivan Png referred to the Golden Mile Complex as a “vertical slum,” “horrible eyesore” and “national disgrace.” n” Each owner acts selfishly, adding extensions, zinc sheets, patched floors, glass, all without respect for other owners or the national welfare.

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