Singapore Conference Hall

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Dewan Persidangan Singapura[1]
Singapore Conference Hall
Singapore Conference Hall.JPG
Singapore Conference Hall, September 2006
Former namesDewan Persidangan Singapura dan Rumah Kesatuan Sekerja
General information
Architectural styleAvant-garde architecture
LocationShenton Way, Downtown Core, Singapore
Address7 Shenton Way, Singapore 068810
Coordinates1°16′34″N 103°50′56″E / 1.276208°N 103.848943°E / 1.276208; 103.848943Coordinates: 1°16′34″N 103°50′56″E / 1.276208°N 103.848943°E / 1.276208; 103.848943
Technical details
Floor count5
DesignationsNational monument 2010[2]
Designated28 December 2010
The atrium inside the building.
A bianqing, an old Chinese instrument, placed in the building as a monument.

Singapore Conference Hall (Malay: Dewan Persidangan Singapura[3]) is a multipurpose 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 refurbished and modernized into a concert hall, 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 then. The building is situated on a three-acre site at the junction of Shenton Way and Maxwell Road.

It was gazetted as a national monument on 28 December 2010.


Opened on 15 October 1965 by the late Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the Dewan Persidangan Singapura dan Rumah Kesatuan Sekerja (Malay for Singapore Conference Hall and Trade Union House) as it was formerly known was built to house the headquarters of the National Trades Union Congress and host various exhibitions and conferences. Closely linked to Singapore’s history, the avant-garde building witnessed several significant events in the post-independence years.[4]


The design was selected from a nationwide open competition in 1961 and was a design of Singapore's urban architecture in the 1960s. The original architecture primarily consisted of concrete and glass in its facade. It has a large butterfly roof. In the past the roof and terrace were equipped with vertical sunscreens to provide shade to 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. Today, 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 basement 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.


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