These two prominent landmarks in Singapore date back to the early British Colonial days and have seen some of our turbulent past (see Singapore History). Since Singapore gained her independence in 1965, they continued to be homes to important governmental offices. The first National Day Parade was held in City Hall in 1966 and for many years after that.
In 2005, the Singapore government decided to turn the grand dames into a new national art gallery. In 2007, A design competition was launched and that drew 111 entries from 29 countries. Five proposals were eventually shortlisted.
|In those days. [Source]|
France's Studio Milou Architecture walked away with the task to turn the two historical buildings into a contemporary art gallery. I cannot wait to see it in 2013. (see winning proposal)
The Singapore National Art Gallery has this to say about the winning scheme:
"The design scheme by Studio Milou Architecture elegantly integrates the two buildings at the roof level, with the use of a linear draped canopy, supported by tree like columns. This is done while still respecting the fabric of the existing monuments. The scheme also respects the existing entrances and introduces new ones to make the building porous at street level...."
I visited the buildings during the National Art Gallery open house. As I walked into Singapore's past, the sense of nostalgia was quite inevitable. However, that was compensated by the anticipation of what is in store in a few years' time. Meanwhile, I can only imagine how the new National Art Gallery will look like.
Let's take a glimpse of the past and a peek into the future:
|A Corinthian column. [Pic]|
|Inside the old Supreme Court building. [Pic]|
|Holding prison cells within the old Supreme Court building. [Pic]|
|Inside a prison cell. [Pic]|
|Prisoners were led to the courtroom |
|Inside the courtroom. [Pic]|
|Column and dome roof inside the law library. [Pic]|
|Dome roof in the law library. [Pic]|
|Next to the old Supreme Court building is the City Hall. [Pic]|
|The old and the new:|
|Majestic Corinthian columns at City Hall. [Pic]|
|City Hall was first known as Municipal Building. |
It was renamed in 1951 when Singapore
was granted city status. [Pic]
|City Hall was built from 1926 to 1929. [Pic]|
|Lion head door knocker on |
the front door of City Hall. [Pic]
|Message wall for visitors |
during the open house. [Pic]
|Vanilla was there. [Pic]|
|Artist's impression of the new National Art Gallery. [Source]|
|This will come alive in 2013. [Source]|
|Sectional view of the supreme court exhibition spaces. [Source]|
|Sectional View of The City Hall Exhibition Spaces. [Source]|
"Bring the past only if you are going to build from it."
~Doménico Cieri Estrada~