CHIJMES is located along Victoria Street in the downtown core of the central business district in Singapore. The history monument has the potential to draw a significant number of locals, tourists and architectural lovers to experience the spirit of colonial history that CHIJMES has to offer.

At the heart of CHIJMES is the iconic chapel. Constructed in the neo-classical gothic style, the restored building is replete with terrazzo tiled floors, twining stairs, delicate stained glass panels and elegant Corinthian columns. The Anglo-French architecture reflects the influence of the European colonialists in early Singapore’s art and architecture. One would not feel out of place in the Chapel for it partially echoes the interior of numerous Gothic structures found in Europe.

Today, the Chapel is used as a multi-purpose function hall to hold events such as weddings and corporate get-together. Within the complex is Caldwell House and Coleman’s house, the latter was built in the late 1840 featuring some intricate plasterwork and unique glass works. Among the many monuments of historical significance in Singapore, none is quite as outstanding as CHIJMES, whether its rich heritage or its laidback charm.

Having gone through an extensive upgrading construction in the 1990s, which saw the introduction of retail and dining facilities as well as basement carparking, CHIJMES became a destination that was culturally rich and commercially vibrant. However, patrons to the development was heavily weather-dependent, and this had proved to have a neagtive impact on the commercial profitability of CHIJMES, thus, in this new proposal, it is envisaged that all the various buildings within the development are inter-connected and well sheltered from the weather, to encourage consumer patronage.

Building Type: Commercial
Location: 30 Victoria Street, Singapore
Client: Perennial Real Estate Pte Ltd
Gross Floor Area: 14,860 sqm 
Site Area: 14,312 sqm
Status: Completed (2015)
Photography Credit: Sanjay Kewlani (www.skewedeye.com)