National Archives of Singapore in Asia Pacific Property Awards

14 Aug 2020

Restored National Archives of Singapore wins award in the Public Service Architecture category (Singapore) of the 2020 Asia Pacific Property Awards.

The Asia Pacific Property Award is part of the long-established International Property Award recognising the best in architecture and property. RSP took home the award in the Public Service Architecture category (Singapore) for its thoughtful design for National Archives of Singapore.

Credit: National Archives of Singapore

Reopened in last year in time for Singapore’s bicentennial celebrations, the National Archives of Singapore building was home to Anglo Chinese School (Primary) from 1892 until 1993. It reopened its doors as National Archives of Singapore in 1997 and because of its valuable heritage, the administration block was gazetted as a conserved building in November 2005.

As the custodian of rich archival holdings which tell of important facets of the Singapore story, the goal was to restore the historical character of the building while creating a safe haven for preserving history.

Credit: National Archives of Singapore

RSP reinstated the original concrete scallop-shaped roof of the veranda and retained key architectural elements of the building.

Credit: National Archives of Singapore

Being a public building, efficient spaces were also designed for the public to appreciate the historical artefacts using modern and enhanced facilities. Its Oldham Threatre has been expanded to accommodate three times more people. New oral history recording studios and microfilm readers have also been added. Regular talks, workshops and tours are also conducted for the public.

This new home to millions of archival records make history accessible to more people.

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