Chijmes, Singapore-Award Conservation projects

Sunday, May 3, 2009

client: CHIJMES Investment Pte Ltd
conservation architect: Ong & Ong
structural & civil: Ove Arup & Partners Singapore
mechanical & electrical: United Project Consultants Pte Ltd
quantity surveyor: Choy & Associates
main contractor: Low Keng Huat (S) Ltd
completion: 1996
award :

  • URA Architectural Heritage Award
    SIA Architectural Award for Conservation
    Arcasia Award for Architecture (Conservation)
    Gold UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation

This was one of the most controversial conservation projects in Singapore, demanding great architectural judgment, integrity, tact and sensitivity.Formerly the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus, established in 1852, the process of translating this historical icon into a commercially viable development for specialty retailers, restaurants and an art gallery, was extremely arduous.

After five and a half years, an amazing paradox was unveiled: the quaint, historical character of the original coexists with the cultural vibrancy of contemporary commercialism. Today Chijmes is a national icon, symbolic of Singapore’s pride in its past yet forward-looking vision. (above passage taken from Ong & Ong website)

All images from Ong & Ong