Canopy design adheres to heritage guidelines

Canopy design adheres to heritage guidelines

 

WE THANK Mr Loke Hoe Kit for his letter on Monday, ‘Canopy doesn’t do old Supreme Court justice’.

 

A key requirement for all entries to the architectural design competition for the National Art Gallery (working title) is that they must satisfy the Preservation of Monuments Board (PMB) guidelines. This is to ensure that the selected design for the National Art Gallery respects the heritage and architectural significance of the City Hall and the Former Supreme Court buildings.

 

The preservation guidelines stipulate that the main external architectural features of the City Hall and the former Supreme Court are their facades. The international jury panel and the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts have ensured that the selected design adheres to this guideline, among others.

 

The proposed design discretely sets the canopy back from the building edge. The original roofs of both monuments are left intact. This juxtaposition of old and new is an internationally accepted practice for making new extensions to historical monuments. For the Tan Si Chong Su temple, the main external architectural feature of its traditional Chinese architecture is the roof. Any changes made to the shape, ornamentations and materials of the roof, therefore, impact on the architectural significance of the building, especially if the change is irreversible.

 

We share Mr Loke’s concern on the need to preserve our monuments while ensuring their appropriate adaptive re-use.

 

K. Bhavani (Ms)

Director, Corporate Communications,

Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts

 

Source: Straits Times

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