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Things you didn’t know about Golden Mile Complex, People’s Park Complex and Pearl Bank Apartments

These large-scale megastructures are architecturally and historically significant icons that have shaped the visual character of Singapore's built landscape.

History At Stake

There are plenty of outstanding buildings in Singapore, so why the fuss over Golden Mile Complex, People’s Park Complex and Pearl Bank Apartments? Heritage specialists and architects say that they reflect visionary architecture, designed entirely by Singaporean architects, and are large-scale megastructures that have shaped the visual character of our built landscape.


  • Golden Mile Complex

    Completed in 1973, this 16-storey building is a mish-mash of 400 shops, 220 offices and 70 apartments. Originally called Woh Hup Complex, it was designed by William Lim, Tay Kheng Soon and Gan Eng Oon, who were part of Design Partnership, now known as DP Architects.

    Located along Beach Road, the building, together with Golden Mile Tower next door and The Plaza, were intended to raise a 'Golden Mile' of modern skyscrapers.

    Golden Mile Complex was designed as a high-density, vertical 'self-contained' city. The building has a 'stepped-back terrace' form, the first of its kind in Singapore. On one side, it gave offices and apartments unobstructed views of the seafront, with terraces for small gardens, and on the other side, the reversed tiers meant that each floor shaded the floor below from the sun. The shallow, staggered profile also allowed for better ventilation and lighting.

    In August 2018, it was announced that the building is going en bloc as 724 owners of 550 units have signed the collective sale agreement - representing 80.83 per cent of the total share value of the development - and the required approval of 80 per cent has been met.

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This article was originally published in The Business Times.

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