Ascott Raffles Place Singapore

Symbol of growth, heritage icon restored

The Project

Once the tallest building in Southeast Asia in the 1950s, this former Asia Insurance building has been sensitively restored into a premier serviced apartment. Care was taken to preserve the art deco architecture, including the crown at the top installed to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Challenge

Careful restoration and design work creatively addressed the challenge of drastically changing the layout of the office tower to fit the residential suites while retaining its original features. Over 300 steel window frames were restored and sound proofed. The world’s first high-rise mail chute in the 1880s was also preserved.

At A Glance

Area: 15,845.4 m2

Location: 2 Finlayson Green, Singapore

Completion: 2008

CapitaLand Ltd

Scope of Work:
Architectural, CS Engineering, ME Engineering

Symbol of Singapore’s emergence as a regional powerhouse


BCA Design & Engineering Safety Excellence Awards

Cityscape Global Awards Highly Commended

SIA Architectural Design Awards Honorary Mention

URA Architectural Heritage Awards

First modern high rise office after World War II