Singapore Conference Hall
|Singapore Conference Hall|
Singapore Conference Hall, September 2006
|Location||Shenton Way, Downtown Core, Singapore|
Singapore Conference Hall is a multi-purpose building located in the heart of the financial district of Shenton Way in Downtown Core of Singapore. The first building to be constructed along Shenton Way, it was a place for conferences and exhibitions in the 1960s and 1970s. Today, it is now refurbished and modernised into a concert hall where the building is home to the Singapore Chinese Orchestra since 2001. Completed in 1965 at a cost of S$4 million at that time, it was an example of the nation's urban architecture during that. The building is situated on a three acre site at the junction of Shenton Way and Maxwell Road.
The Singapore Conference Hall design was selected from a nation-wide open competition in 1961 and is a design of Singapore's urban architecture in the 1960s. The original architecture was mainly used concrete and glass in its facade. It has a large butterfly roof and in the past the roof and terrace have vertical sunscreens to provide shade for the interior. The concourse on the first level was conceived as a large space for programmes and from which visitors could find their way to the upper floors. Currently, it is used as a concourse as well as a reception area for the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. The area can be used for exhibitions, receptions, performances and conferences. The area was originally designed as a naturally ventilated space. The trade congress rooms were located on the third to fifth floors of the building. The building was designed by Malayan Architects Co-Partnership and was completed by Architects Team 3. The five storey building has no basements and has an outdoor car park. The building is next to UIC Building which is now transformed into a mixed development of residential and commercial unit- V on Shenton.
There are plans to gazette the building into a national monument soon, with some members of the public submitting a letter to the Preservation of Monuments Board for a gazetting of the monument. If it is gazetted as a national monument, the building will be redesigned to its near-original form.
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