In terms of town planning, Singapore is one best designed city’s in the world. It is graced with wide tree lined streets, a top rated metro system, well planned waterways and a plethora of beautiful buildings. The city is also spotlessly clean and extremely well maintained. The architectural styles are wide and varied and are influenced by many different cultures and periods of time. The following is just a taste of what the city has to offer.
Raffles Hotel, Singapore
Raffles is without a doubt the most famous hotel in Singapore. It was opened in 1887 and the architecture symbolises the Island’s colonial history. The hotel is famous for its high teas, ornate furnishings and luxurious suites.
The Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, Singapore
The Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall is one of Singapore’s oldest performing arts venues. It has been restored to its 1905 neo-classical glory and is home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. The complex is made up of two buildings which are joined by a central clock tower and common corridor.
Supreme Court of Singapore
The Supreme Court of Singapore is housed in a modern eye-catching building which replaced the old colonial halls of justice in 2005. The ‘flying saucer’ like top of the building is a modern interpretation of the old Court building’s central dome.
CHIJMES Hall, Singapore
CHIJMES Hall is a historic building complex in Singapore which is now used as a multi purpose hall(the old chapel building) and an art gallery(Caldwell House). The complex was originally used as a Catholic convent known as the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus.
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is a performing arts centre located close to the Marina Bay Sands Resort. The centre consists of a theatre that can seat up to 2000 people and a concert hall that has a capacity of around one thousand eight hundred guests.
Marina Bay Sands Resort
Marina Bay Sands is made up of three hotel towers and a roof that looks like an extraterrestrial surfboard or luxury liner perched on top of a tripod. The whole resort encompasses a hotel with more than two thousand five hundred rooms, a one million three hundred thousand square foot convention/exhibition centre, a mall, a museum, two large theatres, restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, a skating rink, and the world’s largest atrium.
St Andrew’s Cathedral – Singapore
St Andrew’s Cathedral is the largest religious building in Singapore and is the islands oldest Anglican Church. Church services continue to be held on a regular basis in the church and the St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir is the oldest musical institution in Singapore.