Plaza Singapura Over The Years

Recent passers-by of Orchard Road may have observed a considerably more airy and open-air Plaza Singapura. The building’s exterior has been demolished. The Atrium@Orchard, which features a wave-inspired motif, has been built on the site of the old structure. Here’s a quick look at the development of Plaza Singapura’s extended wing, which opened last month. From its beginnings in the 1970s, here is a brief history of Plaza Singapura.

Plaza Singapura. Image Source (Meritus Hotels & Resorts)

The completion of the Singaporean shopping mall, Plaza Singapura, in 1974 made it one of the country’s largest at the time. It was built for $50 million and was designed by BEP Apitek Pte Ltd and Loh Keng Huat (Singapore) Ltd.

Mr Hon Sui Sen, then Minister for Finance for Singapore, stated at the official opening of Plaza Singapura that it would “serve as an economic and financial centre in Asia”.:

“It will provide visitors to Singapore with another attraction, making it even easier for them to find their way around the city. It is conveniently located in the historic tourist area of Orchard Road, between its hotels, nightclubs, and entertainment complexes, as well as the civic and business districts of the Central Business District. It should now be Singapore’s largest shopping mall, with an enclosed rentable area of roughly 43,500 square meters, according to the people I spoke with.”

PLAZA SINGAPURA AT ORCHARD ROAD (C.1990S). Image Source (Pinterest)
NG ENG TENG, 38, LOCAL SCULPTOR. Image Source (Archives Online)
The Ever-changing Face of Retail in Singapore. Image Source (CapitaLand)

It’s hard to imagine that this was anything other than a popular hangout in the late 1970s. So, with the aid of a few old family photographs, I was able to complete this project.

Forty years after Plaza Singapura. Image Source (Facebook)
The Long and Winding Road – Who remembers this Plaza Sing? Image Source (Facebook)

In 1988, AKITEK TENGGARA created a fresh landscape forecourt for their clients. Since the 1970s, Plaza Singapura has attracted major Japanese companies such as Yaohan, Daimaru, and Yamaha. With names like Daiso, Uniqlo, JRunway, and Hoshino, it continues to follow tradition with contemporary-day Japanese companies such as Daiso, Uniqlo, JRunway, and Hoshino. A coffee shop by Japanese coffee chain Doutor Coffee is also located on the premises.

Plaza Singapura. Image Source (The Straits Time)
Plaza Singapura Today. Image Source (Pinterest)

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