Starting from the tip of the War Memorial Park up to the mouth of the Kallang River, Beach Road is a historic stretch that is home to perhaps some of the most underappreciated architectural gems in Singapore.
Located along the first 400 metres of the eastern tip of Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex, Golden Mile Tower, and The Concourse are all astounding periodic symbols of unique architectural styles that have been rarely, if not at all, adapted across Singapore.
GOLDEN MILE COMPLEX
Completed in 1973, Golden Mile Complex was designed by Design Partnership, the same firm behind People’s Park Centre, and was part of the government’s pioneer urban renewal projects that saw the construction of dual purpose complexes to house both residential and commercial properties.
From the front, the complex terraced layers, which are more profound from the back view of the complex, are combined with numerous aspects of Brutalist architecture that include large concrete columns and numerous enlarged circles that provide both ventilation and a unique design feature.
GOLDEN MILE TOWER
Located literally a stone’s throw away from Golden Mile Complex, the 24-storey high Golden Mile Tower was completed back in 1975 and was designed by the Goh Hock Guan Design Team.
While its commercial floors appear much more simple in it’s construction, a trip up to the rooftop reveals greets you with an unwavering presence that is both dominating yet pristinely simple all at once.
Completed in 1990, the iconic 41-sotrey-office tower that is The Concourse is a marked difference from the Golden Mile buildings.
Designed by renowned architect Paul Rudolph, its exceptional use of glass and angles provide workers and visitors with views of the Singapore skyline from all angles, while a walk around the building from the ground provides pedestrians with an interesting spatial perspective.
Interestingly, the building is shaped like an Octagon, and perhaps take a page from the similar shape that makes up our Singapore dollar coin.