View Full Version : Tanglin Village - old British barracks gets new life
August 29th, 2006, 04:14 AM
28 Aug 06
SINGAPORE : Tanglin Camp is being given a new lease of life as an arts venue.
The camp, which housed the British Army in 1872 and was subsequently used by the Singapore Armed Forces, was left derelict.
But now, it'll host the works of over 30 international artists for the first Singapore Biennale.
One room is being painted with free-hand diagramatics meant to mimic sound waves, while another is filled with moving images of stick figures.
Sculptures and installations are also being put up.
One metal structure for example, is a gigantic table football game flanked by Christian saint sculptures.
Tanglin Camp will open to the public from September 4.
By Pearl Forss, Channel NewsAsia
August 31st, 2006, 07:08 AM
Judging from the age of the building/s and assuming they did a good job with restoring it/them, this sounds like good news. :) I hope it really is!
Thanks, Raffi! :okay:
Can't say that I care much for the exhibit, though. ;)
Is it possible to get an idea of Tanglin Camp via some photos, both old and new? That truly would be appreciated. :master:
Perhaps the opening will bring us some details and a pic, courtesy of the press.
August 31st, 2006, 09:15 AM
No problem SEAfan. :)
Indeed I'd like to pay the site a visit (and take pics), the former camp occupies a fairly large site and contains several examples of how British military buildings looked like, and much if not all of it is intact.
Not surprisingly, the opening of the arts exhibit would have been timed to coincide with the World Bank meeting in Singapore in September :cool:
August 31st, 2006, 07:43 PM
Thank you in advance, Raffi! You're very sweet. :hug:
I'd forgotten about the World Bank meeting ... clever of them to make the opening fall into that period. Extra publicity! :cheers:
September 22nd, 2006, 04:22 AM
More about this area :cool:
Wine and dine under the stars in Tanglin Village
16 Sep 06
(SINGAPORE) The Dempsey Road area - now known as Tanglin Village - may soon be the latest place for chic winers and diners, with a $6 million, 110,000 square-foot alfresco dining extravaganza slated to open there in November.
Spearheading the development of the project is property developer Richard Goh, who has teamed up with ex-electronics tycoon Tommie Goh and Japanese restaurant chain Sushi Tei founder Daniel Ong.
Called Oosh, and touted as Singapore's largest alfresco bar and restaurant, the development will have several restaurants and bars, including a specialty Japanese restaurant, exotic European and Asian fare, and a wine and cigar lounge - under one roof.
Tommie Goh will remain a 'sleeping' partner while Mr Ong will lend his F&B industry experience.
The name of the development comes from Richard Goh's Chinese name spelt backwards, and industry watchers say it could help transform the area into Singapore's next Rochester Park. 'It will be multi-operational where one big premises is divided into various facilities catering to an upmarket crowd,' says Mr Goh, director of Synthesis Development Team, the company behind Oosh.
Mr Goh has 28 years of experience in the development business but this will be his first foray into developing a food & beverage business. Although the location may be considered remote by some, Mr Goh says it is close to Orchard Road and still one of the 'best places' to enjoy a natural, outdoor ambience.
While the designers of hip eatery PS Cafe - Aamer Taher Design Studio - are at the helm of the project, Oosh has also employed designers from Japan to conceptualise the second floor of the premises, which will be a specialty Japanese restaurant called 'Yen Dining'.
On the ground level, there will be dishes from 'popular cuisines' such as Italian pizzas and pastas, Spanish tapas and grilled fare, elaborates Mr Goh. In addition, local favourites such as satay will be added to the smorgasbord.
But while specialty food, wine and liquor are pivotal to the operation of Oosh, equally important is the ambience the team aims to create. The outdoor Balinese-style al fresco concept was adopted from popular Little Bali off Alexandra Road - but on a 'much larger scale', says Mr Goh.
With plans for an outdoor pond, extensive garden landscaping and a waterfall, 'both refreshing and beautiful', Mr Goh says he has spared no detail to make Oosh 'comfortable, yet attractive'.
Aamer Taher, director of Aamer Taher Design Studio, says the concept is 'one-of-a-kind' in Singapore. 'It follows the new fad of dining and drinking amid nature,' he says. 'We wanted to create a contrast between raw nature and something more refined.'
The project is being completed in record time - with construction from April to late October, interiors included.
Knight Frank Consultancy & Research director Nicholas Mak says Dempsey Road is now 'popular with young jet-setters and the expatriate community for dining, and benefits from its proximity to foreign embassies and prime residential developments'.
He adds: 'It is an exciting alternative to the usual areas, with an old-world charm to chill out after a long day.'
Oosh plans to have 80 staff, including veteran Japanese chefs and bar management teams, and Mr Goh hopes for full recovery of investment within three years of opening. The Tanglin Village area has seen an influx of niche wine bars and cafes in recent years, with nightlife entrepreneur Michel Lu indicating previously that he would open an alfresco bar - The Hacienda - by year-end.
Given the right impetus, Mr Goh believes the area could become Singapore's next hot spot.
'If the authorities would like to exploit the potential of the new area, then it could possibly be the next Holland Village or (Rochester Park),' he says.
'But what I'm coming up with, Singapore really doesn't have as yet,' he adds.
September 28th, 2006, 01:35 PM
Keeping it simple
28 Sep 06
New bar Hacienda aims to be the spot for those who want respite from the big clubs
CLUB operator Michel Lu is relieved that his pet project is finally seeing the light of day.
The colourful nightspot impresario, best known as the brain behind Centro Concepts at One Fullerton, is readying another entry in Singapore's night scene.
But unlike the now defunct Centro — which closed two years ago amid reported rental woes and salary disputes — the 34-year-old said his new outlet, the Hacienda at Dempsey Road, is in keeping with his latest mantra: Keep things intimate and simple.
"Like our other bar Suba, the Hacienda is something I feel is right for people looking to get away from the bigger clubs," he told Today, referring to night scene players the Ministry of Sound at Clarke Quay and Zouk at Jiak Kim Street.
"I believe in standalone outlets. You've got to work harder but it also means you've got your own identity."
Getting to this point with the Hacienda — which opens in two weeks — was no walk in the park for Lu.
Last year, Today ran an exclusive report revealing that Lu was putting $200,000 into his first post-Centro bar, a 4,500-sq-ft space — also called the Hacienda — in a renovated warehouse on Dempsey Road.
The bar never saw the light of day, its opening stalled due to a rumoured dispute with the landlords.
Lu switched focus to his 2,500-sq-ft club Suba at Millenia Walk while also laying the groundwork for the opening of his bistro Superfamous at Raffles Place in November, which he calls "an oasis in the middle of the city".
But the recently renewed interest in Dempsey Road — now renamed Tanglin Village — offered Lu the chance to revive his al fresco bar concept.
The area is currently being hailed as the next Rochester Park or Holland Village and is popular with business people and expatriates looking for a venue off the beaten path to unwind.
Currently, Tanglin Village is home to hip eatery PS Cafe and a number of niche wine bars.
Another chic outdoor bar and restaurant — the 110,000-sq-ft Oosh which is reportedly being built at a cost of $6 million — is slated to open by the end of the year.
Although some have dismissed the area as remote, Lu feels its proximity to Orchard Road will prove advantageous.
"Tanglin Village is a phenomenal location for us," he said, "with a large captive residential audience nearby.
"But the biggest strength of the area is that, unlike anything clubbing- or bar-wise, it is a refuge from urban living just minutes from the city."
However, as with his previous ventures, the Hacienda's biggest draw promises to be the music.
On Fridays, DJ Titus will play hip-hop while Sundays will see DJs Keith Colaco and David Tan bringing forth a mix of house music and everything in between.
Lu is especially hopeful that Sundays at the Hacienda will be a hit: He is planning afternoon parties with food and music courtesy of former Centro resident Ramesh.
"We are even considering all-night parties to add to the vibe of the Hacienda," he said.
"But we don't want to be too ambitious, right now we're very happy with how things are going."
October 24th, 2006, 07:04 AM
i went to the art exhibiton in Tanglin camp last week and it is quite interesting :yes:
November 8th, 2006, 02:35 AM
visited the site last week and I'm quite liking it...it has the feel of some kinda English countryside setting mixed with being in a tropical woods.
Check out the website:
Tanglin Village gets a 'lease' to stay trendy till 2015
The area, shaping up to be a haven for F&B outlets and play schools, could be worth some $5-8b
8 Nov 06
Tanglin Village around Dempsey Road sits on some of Singapore's most prime land, but for the next 10 years at least it will enjoy the respite from bulldozers and remain a haven for hipsters and kids alike.
Announcing the launch of the public tender of two more pre-War buildings for adaptive re-use such as F&B outlets and play schools, Senior Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs Ho Peng Kee said yesterday the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has plans for Tanglin Village up to 2015.
'Depending on how this works out and what plans the Urban Redevelopment Authority has, who knows . . . I think this may be continued after that,' said Assoc Prof Ho.
Based on recent asking prices for residential sites in the Holland Road/Napier Road area, which range from $700 to $1,200 psf per plot ratio, assuming a plot ratio of 1.6, the 40 ha Tanglin Village could be worth anywhere from about $5 billion to $8 billion.
There are about 50 buildings at Tanglin Village - formerly the Central Manpower Base - and about 25 have been tenanted out on short leases. Only one, St George's Church in Minden Road has been gazetted as a national monument.
Typically, leases on a three-year basis with an option to extend for an additional 3+3 years.
The short leases have not been a deterrent. Clarence Ti, director of land resource services at SLA, says more than 40 bids have been received for seven parcels made available over the past three years.
Most recently, 11 bids were received for a building with a gross floor area of about 13,000 sq ft, which was awarded to businessmen Richard Goh, Tommie Goh and Daniel Ong for monthly rent of $23,000.
Mr Richard Goh says the rent works out to be between $2 and $3 psf - much cheaper than $10-20 psf at nearby Holland Village. Still, he and his partners pumped a further $6 million into restoring the old building, now touted as Singapore's largest alfresco F&B outlet, called Oosh.
Mr Goh expects up to 350 customers a day and aims to break even in three years.
Oosh is a lot more upmarket than other F&B offerings at Tanglin Village like the successful PS Cafe down the road. But Mr Goh is bullish. 'We have created something very unique with Oosh,' he says.
Other entrepreneurs seem to be bullish about Tanglin Village too.
The former Civil Service Club, which has a gross floor area of 27,717 sq ft, is one of the buildings that has just been put up for tender. And already, T Nagarajan, manager of Samy's Curry Restaurant, which is still a tenant there, says he sees prospective bidders viewing the site 'every day'.
Samy's has been at the location for 25 years. Mr Nagarajan has been working there for 12 years but realises the restaurant's days are numbered. 'This is why we opened a new outlet in Katong,' he said. At present, Samy's lease at Tanglin Village is renewed on a month-to-month basis.
He says the restaurant's owners are considering bidding for the site themselves. But like Oosh, it is likely to be hotly contested.
Explaining the concept for the tender process at Tanglin Village, which is being carried out in stages, SLA's Mr Ti says: 'There is an interesting trade-off for businessmen in this approach. Winners of earlier tenders get some first-mover advantage but their financial projections could prove to be optimistic once competition sets in.
'We do not protect our earlier winners from the competition from late winners. Each will have to distinguish themselves in the marketplace.'
The irony, of course, is that nobody can accurately predict what the market wants - be it condominiums or fish head curry.
Architect Aamer Taher, who designed both PS Cafe and Oosh - helping to make Tanglin Village trendy in the process - reflects: 'Maybe it would have been better if the whole place was more of a secret.'
By ARTHUR SIM
November 8th, 2006, 02:42 AM
some pics from the website
November 8th, 2006, 03:09 PM
its really a nice little village...
reminds me of the seletar camp. just tat tanglin village is so near orchard road. nice complimentary village by the city and luxury housing estate of holland village/bulit timah
June 28th, 2007, 05:10 PM
It has a very nice setting, and could be a good location for a small intensity boutique hotel or even bed & breakfast.
More F&B, recreation and retail outlets planned for Tanglin Village
28 Jun 07
SINGAPORE : More food & beverage (F&B) establishments, fine dining restaurants, and recreational & retail outlets have been planned for Tanglin Village.
The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has awarded two sites in the Dempsey area to Country City Investment following a public tender.
They consist a total of 11 building blocks over a total of 40,000 sq metres at Dempsey Road and Dempsey Hill.
The new development is expected to be operational in the later half of this year.
A major attraction to the area will be the popular Samy's Curry Restaurant, which will continue to operate from the former Civil Service College site.
In line with its aim to improve the surrounding infrastructure of Tanglin Village, SLA said it would put up another property for public tender in August.
The site at Minden Road could be used for food establishments, arts studios and childcare facilities.
The 40-hectare Tanglin Village, which currently houses over 30 businesses and organisations, has seen several improvements over the past three years, including landscaped plazas with visitor information, as well as entrance and building markers.
More information is available from the SLA's State Property and Information Online (SPIO) website at www.spio.sla.gov.sg.
By Jacqueline Seng, Channel NewsAsia