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CURRENT SITE

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dblspce is currently located at Peninsula Shopping Centre.

 

Considered to be one of Singapore's veteran malls, Peninsula Shopping Centre (and Hotel) is located on a historical site that dates back to the early 19th century. In 1829, Sir Stamford Raffles’ adviser and Irish architect George Drumgoole Coleman (1795-1844) built his residence at 3 Coleman Street (the site was subsequently named after him). When Coleman left Singapore in 1841, the building changed hands several times. By 1865, it was converted into a high-end hotel until the Second World War. Its deteriorated conditions after the war saw its demolition in 1965, and had Peninsula Hotel and Shopping Centre built in its place in 1971, and continues to be a distinct cultural place for many with its eclectic and diverse tenants.

 

The shopping centre is nestled in a vibrant part of the city and is located across City Hall MRT Station, situated next to Funan, and is a 4-minute walk to National Gallery Singapore.

As the neighbouring Excelsior Hotel and shopping centre seeks a collective sale, dblspce's current site is short-term and temporal. Our programming, therefore, has a collective desire to archive this ephemeral and transitory environment. 

 

Related articles: 

https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/new-look-at-old-malls

https://www.timeout.com/singapore/shopping/the-best-of-peninsula-shopping-centre

https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_766_2004-12-14.html

https://www.straitstimes.com/life/home-design/explore-singapores-oldest-malls-from-the-1970s

Image credits (top to bottom): Lee Kip Lin and National Library Board, Singapore; Peninsula Shopping Centre Facebook Page.

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