Additional reporting by Cheryl Lai-Lim
While Singapore might be well-known for its striking city skyline peppered with cutting-edge high-rise towers and its historic shophouses, these structures show insights into Singapore's earlier decades as a young nation and are the embodiment of the city-state's built heritage. While notable modern landmarks such as Golden Mile Complex are already well-known, these buildings nonetheless will offer another perspective to the country's urban development over the years.
Whether you're a history buff or a design enthusiast, these sites are sure to make you see Singapore's architectural history in a different light.
1. Dakota Crescent
Also known as the Old Airport Road Estate, this early example of public housing built in 1959 has been partially conserved, with its central blocks to be retained even as the rest of the estate is redeveloped. Innovative construction materials such as steel tubing and hollow cement blocks adapted from industrial use were employed to keep costs down. Decorative concrete screens give the estate a distinctively 1960s appearance.
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