Architectural Gold along Beach Road

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.

A night time shot of Golden Mile Complex taken by photographer Darren Soh as part of his 2015 exhibition titled 'Along the Golden Mile'

A night time shot of Golden Mile Complex taken by photographer Darren Soh as part of his 2015 exhibition titled ‘Along the Golden Mile’

The terraced layers as viewed from Nicoll Highway. Photo from ghettosingapore.com

The terraced layers as viewed from Nicoll Highway. Photo from ghettosingapore.com

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.

View of The 24-storey Golden Mile Tower from Nicoll Highway

View of The 24-storey Golden Mile Tower from Nicoll Highway

A view of the Golden Mile Tower from its sixth storey carpark.

A view of the Golden Mile Tower from its sixth storey carpark.

A clearer picture of the Brutalist Architecture of the tower, where the big blocks of concrete shapes dominate.

A clearer picture of the Brutalist Architecture of the tower, where the big blocks of concrete shapes dominate.

THE CONCOURSE
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.

The octagonal shape of The Concourse is reminisce of the design of the Singapore dollar coin, a symbol of prosperity in Chinese tradition.

The octagonal shape of The Concourse is reminisce of the design of the Singapore dollar coin, a symbol of prosperity in Chinese tradition.|

Wide open space at the concourse area of The Concourse allows for a great appreciation of the spatial planning of the building.

Wide open space at the concourse area of The Concourse allows for a great appreciation of the spatial planning of the building.

View of The Concourse from Golden Mile Tower.

View of The Concourse from Golden Mile Tower.

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