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Singapore Architecture - January 2011

Singapore Architecture - January 2011

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First Issue - January 2011

There’s a story behind every building
You’ll quickly notice the countless number of high-rise buildings in close proximity in the Central Business District, but that hasn’t stopped Singapore from building some of the finest architectural masterpieces. Look out for the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and the Marina Bay Sands – both designed by renowned architects. Other highlights include the heritage buildings and conservation shophouses, so unravel the story behind each building for a peek into Singapore’s past.

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CONTENTS 2 4 6 7 8 10 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 22 24 Raffles Hotel CHJIMES Armenian Church St. Andrew Cathedreal MICA Building Old Supreme Court Building Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall Dalhousie Obelisk Merlion Singapore Flyer Esplanade Marina Bay Sands Fullerton Hotel Resort World Sentosa Useful Links .

Raffles Hotel .

A. designed by R. . J. Sir Stamford Raffles. Raffles Hotel well-nigh sums up Singapore’s vital colonial history. With its garden setting and classical architecture. the hotel opened on 1 December 1887 with 10 rooms spread across two wings. Bidwell of Swan and MacLaren. Named after Singapore’s founder. the hotel has since morphed into an icon where famous names in literature.The most famous hotel in Singapore.

Currently home to a slew of boutiques. where babies are born in a tiger that used to be abandoned. Look for Gate of Hope are still standing in Victoria Street. This place is rough version of London’s Covent Garden.dwelling house clerks Senior Judge. place the house where the nuns and the Mother Superior before expanding into two more buildings . with green grass.CHIJMES CHIJMES stands for the Holy Infant Jesus Convent. and is the perfect chill-out destination for ample drinks and entertaining live music. restaurants. CHIJMES began as the House Caldwell . and bars. Designed by George Coleman (who also designed Old Parliament House). and spatial page gives this landmark charm. Then.Orphanage and a Gothic-style chapel with beautiful stained glass windows. 4 . old world magic. CHIJMES is one of the the most famous lifestyle in Singapore. marble waterfall. a Neo-Classical style building.


Armenian Church 6 .Built in 1835. Armenian monk first. Designed by Irish architect George Coleman. the church is regarded as Coleman’s masterpiece and is dedicated to St Gregory the Illuminator. the Armenian Church in Hill Street is the oldest Christian church in Singapore.

you will stand in awe at its majestic facade. Designed by Colonel Ronald McPherson in NeoGothic style in 1857 after the first building was damage by two lightning strikes. Defined as a national monument in 1973. with extended pinnacles and a glossy white exterior.St. Andrew Cathedral Located in the Civic District. St Andrew’s Cathedral is the largest and the first Anglican Church in Singapore. .


It was designated as a national monument and given a new lease of life in 1998. blue. red. . Communications and the Arts (MICA). Built in 1934 as the Old Hill Street Police Station. with all of its 911 windows painted in various colours like green. Its vibrant exterior and redecorated internal space makes it ideal for large-scale exhibitions and performances venue. which moved from PSA Building in 2000. sure catched your eye as you explore the traces of the Civic District trail. yellow and. the police station was the largest government building then.MICA building The Neo-Classical style building. and now become the houses of the Ministry of Information.


Sir Shenton Whitelegge Thomas. a bar. shops and a roof garden. It was built in 1900. Built in front of the historical Padang grounds between 1937 and 1939. was laid by the Governor of the Straits Settlements. then the biggest foundation stone in the whole of Malaya. it was where many colonial-built houses were built. In 1932.Old Supreme Court Building The former courthouse of the Supreme Court of Singapore. 11 . is a time capsule containing six Singaporean newspapers dated 31 March 1937. The Grand Hotel boasted a lounge. the only other hotel in Singapore that could be comparable with the landmark Raffles Hotel. This building was the last Classical architecture building to be built on the former British colony. and a handful of coins of the Straits Settlements. reading room. and was his last and most significant work. the hotel’s business declined and filed for bankruptcy. with plans to refurbish the building. Buried beneath the stone. Before the courthouse was constructed in the 1930s. The foundation stone of the Old Supreme Court Building. before it moved out of the building and commenced operations in the new building on 20 June 2005. The capsule is due to be retrieved only in the year 3000. a novelty at that time. it was designed by Frank Dorrington Ward of the Public Works Department. One of them is Grand Hotel de l’Europe. The building is planned to become an arts and cultural centre in future. on 1 April 1937.

It was a typical British neo-classical architecture which was popular in the 19th century. The Theatre was connected to the nearby Concert Hall (built in 1905) by a clock tower.Victoria Theatre Concert Hall & Located in front of Asian Civilisation Museum. Victorial Theatre was one of the oldest colonial building built in 1862 as the Town Hall. .

An important architectural element designed by John Turnbull Thomson when he was a Government Surveyor. Marquis of Dalhousie. Obelisk memorial was built also serves as a reminder to all traders benefit from free trade.Dalhousie Obelisk Located in Singapore’s Civic District and was built to commemorate the second visit of the Marquis of Dalhousie in February 1850. in order to consider ways to reduce administrative expenditure. . it is believed that the design is modeled after “Cleopatra’s Needle” on the Thames Embankment in London. Governor-General of India 1848-1856. accompanied by his wife.

Temasek . Its name combines “mer” meaning sea and “lion”. Lion head is the original name of Singapore which means “lion city” or “city of lions”. . used as the mascot of Singapore designed by Fraser Brunner.Merlion Merlion is an imaginary creature with a lion’s head and body of fish. Fish body comes from the ancient name of Singapore back when it was fishing village .which means “sea town” in Javanese.

Described by its operators as an observation wheel. it comprises a 150m diameter wheel. built over a three-story terminal building which houses shops. Located in Singapore. and is 5m taller than the Star of Nanchang and 30m taller than the London Eye. bars and restaurants. and offers broad views of the city centre and beyond to about 45km. . on the southeast tip of the Marina Centre reclaimed land. with a total height of 165m.Singapore Flyer The Singapore Flyer is currently the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. it reaches 42 stories high.

recitals and studio theater. Said to have an appearance similar the eye of a fly or a giant durian (a popular local fruit). With such unique architecture. a spacious gallery space and an auditorium. theater. you’ll just have to make a visit down to The Esplanade and decide for yourself. The idea for an integrated arts centre in Singapore was proposed way back in the 1970s. The Esplanade Mall that around it includes also the library@esplanade on the third floor. but none has been as dramatic or controversial as the emergence of the Esplanade complex. a gigantic cultural landmark. the S $ 600 million dollar project now occupies six hectares of waterfront land along the Marina Bay to the east of Padang. and offers a concert hall. discussion is still rife with regard to the two spiked ‘shells’ of the Esplanade building that you can see from afar. with work beginning in 1996. .Esplanade Singapore’s famous skyline has taken on various changes over the decades. but the project’s radical architecture was only unveiled in 1994. Currently. making Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. which officially opened in 2002.


Marina Bay Sands .

and some of the best shopping and dining in the region. With a luxury hotel. This landmark building is situated in the heart of Singapore’s central business district. theatres. business and shopping. This impressive wonder will truly inspire the cosmopolitan landscape of Singapore. state-of-the art convention and exhibition facilities. The resort’s two state-of-the-art theatres will offer you an impressive variety of handpicked international and local performances all the way from Broadway to Bollywood. With a wide array of high-end boutiques alongside niche designer labels at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. . featuring top international brands such as Louis Vuitton located in a “floating” crystal pavilion.Marina Bay Sands® is a magnificent destination for entertainment. The museum’s lotus-inspired design lends a powerful presence to the waterfront area. delivering once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Luxury fashion fans will have more to cheer about. this is the place to go for world-class entertainment. The Marina Bay Sands integrated resort is going to be a city within a city. Don’t miss the museum where blockbuster artworks from the world over will be displayed. offering a vibrant collage of entertainment and lifestyle choices. Be greeted by personalized and intuitive service that seeks to make your stay a truly unforgettable experience. In Marina Bay Sands Hotel. you’ll enter a world of luxury and exclusivity. shoppers will surely be spoilt for choice.

Fullerton Hotel Singapore ranked as one of the world’s top hotels in the Conde Nast Traveler 2010 “Gold List”. which can be seen from its monumental porte-cocheres and distinguished Doric columns.The Fullerton Hotel Singapore originally built in 1928. designed by the Shanghai-based firm of Keys & Dowdeswell. . This grand hotel represents the height of Palladian architecture. this historic landmark enjoys a strategic location at the mouth of the bustling Singapore River.


Resort World Sentosa .

Ride The Movies® at exclusive places are found only in the first movie in the theme park in Hollywood. World-class integrated resort is an ideal resort destination where everyone can come together to move the experience and lasting memories. a unique musical extravaganza. including the Lake of Dreams™. sumptuous dining options and warm hospitality. and take pleasure in the comfort and luxury of worldnon-stop class resort hotel unique.Sentosa Resorts World™ is the first integrated resort on Sentosa island. bringing with it the highly anticipated new attractions and exciting such as Universal Studios Singapore® and Voyage de la Vie™. with a blend of elegant interiors. captivating entertainment. . shopping experiences and signature culinary adventure in FestiveWalk™. your adventure in Resorts World Sentosa is only limited by your imagination. The Resorts World Casino luxury. And brace yourself for the Voyage de la Vie ™. Showing 24 movie-themed rides and attractions. Universal Studios Singapore®. FestiveWalk™. all in one world. Feast your senses on the world entertainment. 18 of which unique to Singapore. a circus spectacular original stone which consists of world-famous circus star. This strip is throbbing 24/7 sets the stage for some of the world’s most spectacular shows and entertainment. giving you the chance to play in style. With more in store. and have not opened the Sea Life Park™. free public places are available. sensation seekers and families will be the first experience new rides and shows based on blockbuster hits. Come discover one million now really useful.

www.yoursingapore.sg/asp/int/int. https://app.stb.com Has a comprehensive list of licensed travel agents in Singapore. http://trust.jsp The Digital Library.streetdirectory.yoursingapore. http://www.asp Singapore Tourism Board Offices Worldwide. http://digitallibrary.yoursingapore.gov. 24 .embassiesabroad.sg Find where you want to go and how to get there.Useful Links The following links and numbers may be useful should you need guidance around the island or emergency help: www.com/stb/public/portal/index.com Useful list of tour guides in Singapore searchable by languages spoken and area of expertise. and even provides several route options to your destination.com Most useful for addresses and phone numbers of your intended locations. http://guides-online.onemap.com/embassies-in/Singapore Has an extensive list of all the embassies in Singapore.

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