Plaza Singapura

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Coordinates: 1°18′02.61″N 103°50′41.61″E / 1.3007250°N 103.8448917°E / 1.3007250; 103.8448917

Plaza Singapura
Plaza Singapura, Dec 05.JPG
Location Orchard Road, Singapore
Address 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
Opening date 1974
Developer DBS Land
Management CapitaMalls Asia
Owner CapitaMall Trust
Architect BEP Akitek Pte Ltd
No. of stores and services 224
No. of anchor tenants 7
Total retail floor area 497,575 square feet (46,226.2 m2)
No. of floors 9
Website Plaza Singapura

Plaza Singapura (Chinese: 狮城68, previously 狮城大厦) is a contemporary shopping mall located along Orchard Road, Singapore. The mall is managed by CapitaLand and owned by CapitaMall Trust. There are retail outlets over seven floors and two basements. The mall has a 752 lot seven storey carpark at the rear of the building, and a two basement goods bay beneath it. Anchor tenants include Golden Village cinemas, John Little, Marks & Spencer, Best Denki, Spotlight and Yamaha. The mall is popular with families, teenagers and young adults.[1]

History[edit]

Plaza Singapura was completed in 1974 and was designed by BEP Akitek Pte Ltd. At the time of completion, it was one of the largest malls in the island. The mall included a Yaohan department store and supermarket, which was opened on 14 September 1974, a Yamaha store and a Yaohan Best (now Best Denki) as its major tenants.

The mall was then managed by DBS Land which is the predecessor of CapitaLand. There were three internal courtyards and an external forecourt provided psychological relief from the noise of traffic and commercial activity outside. Plaza Singapura was officially opened by then Minister for Finance, the late Mr Hon Sui Sen, on 16 August 1975.

Architecture[edit]

It was then described by students that the building appears "lumpy" in the context and the glass fibre decorated mural at the front and two sides is quite insensitive, like some great Nonya belt. It used to house two sculptures in the building which was designed by the late renowned sculptor Ng Eng Teng, which has now been removed.

The mall did not go under any major renovations until 1997 during the Asian Financial Crisis, when it went under major retrofitting with a totally new look and the mall totally changed when it reopened in 1998. As Yaohan went bankrupt in 1997, it saw the departure of the main store. The mall's tenants changed drastically with Liberty Market took over Yaohan in Basement 2.

This was to change when between 2002 and 2003, when the mall once again when under a revamp with a new tenant mix. The mall had renovations in the basements, and a direct link to Dhoby Ghaut MRT station was constructed. Travelators were also installed in the building for the convenience of shoppers.

In 2008, further changes were made to Plaza Singapura. Level 7 of the mall was given a face lift and tenants selling toys, gifts and hobby related items such as swords and cosplay costumes were introduced.

In 2012, it underwent major renovation work. The first three levels of Atrium@Orchard, which housed several offices, were converted to shop spaces.

On 11 March 2013, Dairy Farm Group took over the 81,000 sq ft (7,500 m2) Carrefour which on two floors.

Inside the mall

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Plaza Singapura". Plaza Singapura. 

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