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Temasek Shophouse wins 2019 URA Architectural Heritage Awards

News 22 Oct 2019

Singapore, 22 October 2019 – Temasek Shophouse has been awarded the 2019 Award for Restoration at the annual URA Architectural Heritage Awards, that recognises exemplary restoration of gazetted heritage buildings. The restoration project was commended for adhering to the three ‘R’ principles of maximum retention, sensitive restoration and careful repair.

Surbana Jurong is the lead multidisciplinary consultant for the project and is involved in the general space planning and architectural design, with Asylum coordinating the bulk of the interior design.

Built in 1928, the gazetted building was unoccupied for nine years and in a state of disrepair. The challenge was to restore the original character of the shophouse that had two distinct architectural languages; Neo-Classical and Edwardian on the building facades. Refurbishment work was done over 18 months to carefully preserve the unique appearances and long history of the shophouse. Attention was also paid towards selecting sustainable materials for the restoration, as well as utilising natural light and LED light fixtures. For their green efforts, the building obtained the BCA Green Mark GoldPlus for existing buildings.

“We thank URA for recognizing the efforts behind the restoration. Temasek Shophouse was initiated by Temasek back in 2017 to transform the unoccupied conservation shophouses into a social impact hub right at the heart of Orchard Road. Managed by Temasek Trust, Temasek Shophouse is a gift from Temasek to the community. As a cradle for social impact to advance sustainability and achieve common good for the community, this award gives affirmation to the teams behind the project as we build a place where purposeful hardware and heartware come together,” said Yvonne Tay, Director of Temasek Shophouse.

“The shophouse had witnessed several key milestones in Singapore’s history, and Surbana Jurong is honoured to be given the opportunity to breathe new life to an otherwise forgotten building. The Award for Restoration at the 2019 URA Architectural Heritage Awards is a recognition of our capabilities in restoration works and we hope to continue to play a key role in preserving the heritage of Singapore’s colonial buildings,” said Yeo Choon Chong, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore, Surbana Jurong.

“We are pleased to see the preservation and adaptive reuse of this conserved State property into a co-working space that supports both business and philanthropy. We welcome more of such innovative proposals for State properties that optimise land use and benefit the community,” said Yap Eai-Sy, SLA Director of Business Planning and Development.

Into its 25th year, the annual Awards aim to promote public awareness and appreciation of quality restoration of National Monuments and conserved buildings in Singapore.

As part of URA’s Architectural Heritage Season, Temasek Shophouse will be open for a public tour on Saturday, 9 November 2019. All interested parties are required to register in advance.

Find out more from https://aha-2019-winners-tour-public.eventbrite.sg