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Old November 16th, 2003, 03:39 PM   #1
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ART DECO in Singapore

Although we do not have amazing Art Deco skyscrapers all around like NYC ,we do have hundreds of lowrise Art Deco buildings and thousands of Art Deco shophouses.

The most amazing Artd Deco building is non other than the Parkview Square at 600 North bridge Road:

The guard only allowed me to take two shots.

Anyway here's the pathetic best shot.

But here's a Macromedia based pic.
http://www.parkviewsquare.com/tpl/intro.htm

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Old November 17th, 2003, 03:08 AM   #2
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Sheer opulence!
I've never had the chance to actually WALK past it..maybe can try next time.

Here are some exterior shots (not by me).

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Old November 17th, 2003, 04:16 AM   #3
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Art Deco motiff at the enterance square.



Statues of famous historical figures line the enterance square.


Mozart


Churchill


Lincoln


Plato

Others include Sun Yat-Sen ,Dantes ,Descartes ,Archimedes ,Washington...

I can't remember all the figures there.



Side view at night.Front view is even more spectacular!!!
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Old November 17th, 2003, 04:32 AM   #4
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Oooohhhhh! Aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh! How perfectly spectacular!
What a superb place! I just LOVE Art Deco! Parkview Place is gorgeous, total joy! Thank you enormously, redstone, for showing it off here!

@Raffi: Thank you for the additional pictures, and please do go by and see this building next time you're in SG!
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Old November 17th, 2003, 06:33 AM   #5
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@WH, I'll try to make an effort next time I go by there

Heres an art-deco shophouse
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Old November 17th, 2003, 06:38 AM   #6
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Panorama of the enterance square:
http://www.parkviewsquare.com/tpl/plaza.htm#

Description:

“Reminiscent of St. Marco Square in
Venice, the open plaza is a unique
meeting place. Classically styled
Cafes create a wonderfully
relaxed ambience.Pedestrians rise above the busy streets
via a convenient escalator or a grand
staircase to a beautifully landscaped
area of lush tropical plants and trees
with cooling waterfalls.

Ornate trellis covered corridors with
comfortable seating areas lead to the
Main Concourse."




http://www.parkviewsquare.com/tpl/concourse.htm#
Panorama of the lobby.

Official website:
http://www.parkviewsquare.com
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Old November 17th, 2003, 12:00 PM   #7
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Oh GOD!! I am so ashamed I didnt even know there is a building website!!

Thanks for the find Redstone!! That was amazing help!
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Old November 17th, 2003, 12:55 PM   #8
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Another Art Deco masterpiece ,the Singapore Godown at Tagore Lane:






MAKING FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT

In the past, warehouses have always been utilitarian buildings, little more than plain boxes to contain goods. However, Singapore Godown is a development that revolutionises the warehousing tradition in both aesthetics and function. In fact, its unassuming name belies the multitude of modern facilities this building has to offer.

For any organisation wishing to streamline its office and warehouse facilities, Singapore Godown represents the ideal integrated working environment.

A harmonious collaboration between East and West, the building's interior was efficiently planned by RDC Architects of Singapore to complement the striking Art Deco exterior designed by Gertler & Wente Architects of New York.

An approach to the building is greeted by its classic Art Deco architecture. The double volume entrance driveway creates a sense of expectation that is heightened by the intricate porte cochére. This is a building with presence, monumental in its proportions and timeless in its style.

From the imported granite of the facade to the designer bathroom fittings, every detail has been carefully selected to enhance the building's overall quality and style.

A luxurious office block, with its own separate handicap-accessible foyer leading to a grand lift lobby, fronts the building. Front offices worthy of corporate headquarters offer prime positions to businesses seeking a high public profile.


Side elevation.

THE ULTIMATE IN FUNCTIONAL SPACE

Although this building has been clearly designed with a high regard for aesthetics, function has not been neglected. Flexible column grids of 11.5 metres x 9.6 metres allow single- and multi-tenants the freedom to tailor office space according to their requirements.

Throughout the office block, fully installed air-conditioning maintains optimum working conditions, while a series of surge arresters protect electrical equipment should lightning strike. Tenants enjoy the convenience of 24-hour usage of their premises through a card access system, and the confidence of manned security with closed circuit TV.

Separate office and cargo entrances ensure a smooth and efficient traffic flow by channelling traffic into two streams. This allows office and warehouse areas to operate side by side, with neither one compromising the other. Each floor is serviced by a comprehensive lift system comprising two passenger lifts in the office area, and one service lift and four goods lifts in the warehouse area.

The expansive warehouse area maximises useable space with an extra-wide column span and a lofty ceiling height of 6 metres. A fully installed mechanical ventilation system is in place, as well as provision for air-conditioning, if required.

On the ground floor, eight loading/unloading bays with dock levellers are capable of handling even 45 ft. and high cube containers with ease. Under optimal conditions, a standard 40 ft. container can be unloaded, on average, within a mere 45 minutes. Far-sighted provision has also been made for the floor-to-floor conveyance of goods. The first floor has a loading capacity of 20 KN/sq. m., while the second to fourth storeys support up to 15 KN/sq. m


Entrance Porch.


Car Entrance.


Art Deco fins and wall deco detail.


Lobby.


Entrance.


Ornament at entrance porch.


Rooftop tennis court.Interesting....


Architectural Consultant :RDC Architects Pte Ltd
Structural Consultant :Maunsell Consultants (S) Pte Ltd
Contractor :Obayashi Corporation
Client :Singapore Godown Pte Ltd
Total Construction Cost :S$34 Million
Contract Period :15 mths
Gross Floor Area: 20,811 sq m
Completed : 1998

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Old November 17th, 2003, 01:15 PM   #9
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Balestier Road Seventh-Day Adventist Church:

Exterior


Interior.

Construction date uncertain.
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Old November 17th, 2003, 02:45 PM   #10
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Cool !
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Old November 18th, 2003, 03:58 AM   #11
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That godown is really beautiful. Not sure if I've seen it but it looks like a furniture shop.
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Old November 18th, 2003, 04:14 AM   #12
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It's a warehouse cum office.
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Old November 18th, 2003, 04:32 AM   #13
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Glory, redstone, and thank you for introducing yet another fabulous Art Deco style building in Singapore, the Godown!

I'm more and more impressed with Asian buildings! Why, o why are they so in love with the box and the square in other parts of the world?
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Old November 20th, 2003, 02:44 PM   #14
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I really detest Parkview Square the first time I saw it when I was back in Singapore last year. After seeing the pics posted here, I'm having second thoughts. The open plaza is a nice touch. How many office developments even bother to include open plazas in their scheme? Not many. The pic shown here makes the plaza looks surreal with its surrounding green context.

Hope to see more of these open plazas in town. Equipe them as Wifi hotspots. Who says work have to be done in the office?
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Old November 20th, 2003, 03:31 PM   #15
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Hi ,Kit ,welcome!

If you want to see amazing renderings of the plaza square and construction photos ,try the PowerPoint link.There are very nice drawings of the plaza by James Adams ,renderings of the whole project and some engineering info.
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Cool! Looks like we have another Singaporean in our midst!! Welcome from me too!!

I actually found that building too "dark and gloomy" when it was still being built, and in a sense, even after its completion, but that in itself does lend a sense of mystery about it. And since it was used as the mysterious casino HQ on "coral island" in "unbeatables 3", it does seem even more out of this world!
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Welcome to the forum Kit!

Heres another shot of Parkview Square showing the land set aside for its plaza.
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Old November 21st, 2003, 03:45 AM   #18
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huaiwei ,try visiting it at night.Its setbacks would be lit up like the Empire State.

The 'men holding up dishes' are actually huge spotlights that shine up.

Other smaller spotlights line the edge of the plaza square.

Try taking a photograph of it.
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huaiwei ,try visiting it at night.Its setbacks would be lit up like the Empire State.

The 'men holding up dishes' are actually huge spotlights that shine up.

Other smaller spotlights line the edge of the plaza square.

Try taking a photograph of it.
Yes, I was actually very much aware of that! But it was so out-of-the-way, I still had not had the chance to take that night shot. Do you have any idea when it turns on its light in full blast? I notice there are some nights it is only 50% lit up.
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Old November 21st, 2003, 08:32 AM   #20
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Welcome to the forum Kit!

Heres another shot of Parkview Square showing the land set aside for its plaza.
You took this from Swissotel didnt you? We seem to have alot of views from the sides.....we need one fro mthe front or back to show its full glory!

As for the space you mentioned, Im not sure if you are referring to the surrounding empty space. If so, that space was apparantly meant for other uses by other deelopers? But from the recent plans to inject life into the Bugis Area, it seems like they may actually use the space for circuses or something!
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