Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Raffles Place green

Raffles Place, the heart of the financial district, has these lawny patches that has such a lovely, calming ambience. There're always people reposing on the seats by them and taking a breather. Lots of buzz in this place, as corporate suits in ties whizz by on their cell phones or linger under their offices for a smoke. The triangular neo-classical facade is of course, the entrance to the Raffles Place train station.
There's a sculpture by Aw Tee Hong, Struggle for Survival, shaped like a boat, on one of these grassy patch right in front of OUB Centre. OUB Centre, designed by renowned Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, has the prestigious address of 1 Raffles Place. OUB or Overseas Union Bank has been bought over by UOB (United Overseas Bank) and so the bank no longer exists.
Compare the scenery with this vintage postcard picture of old Raffles Place. I wonder why no one thought to put in a fountain here, like in the old days. Oh, I see where the neo-classical facade got its origin from, see the building on the left.

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  1. Nice to see green patches in the city.
    Have a wonderful day!

  2. Call me oldfashioned, I still prefer the old version, at least that had character.

    If you really want to know the origin of Coffin Bay, it is on my My World post of June 5 2009.

  3. Happy Outdoor Wednesday,
    very pretty grass area...I have never been out of the United States so I am not real familiar with Singapore...I would like to know more about it...
    anytime there is green grass any where, it is a wonderful thing
    angel hugs

  4. Happy Outdoor Wednesday. Really interesting post. I love seeing places that I have never been. Grass in the city. Imagine that. I have signed up to follow your blog. I would like to see what you post next. Please stop by and say hi. I would love to have you follow my blog as well. Country Hugs, Sherry

  5. Nice place and post!

    Happy outdoor Irene.

  6. Irene, I am just fascinated with that incredible architecture, and I love the sculpture. I always enjoy your tours of Singapore. Thanks so much for taking us along...

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!


    Sheila :-)

  7. My MIL is from Singapore and we got to go visit last year. We loved everything, our only regret was that we left it so long before making the trip lol, we are definitely going back though. I did a post on the Botanical gardens, such an amazingly beautiful place, happy Wednesday, Kathy.

  8. Hi Irene, wonderful photos. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.


  9. What wonderful images of the buildings and outdoor spaces in Singapore.


Great to see you ~Irene