Modernist Singapore Architecture: Katong Shopping Centre

Modernist Singapore Architecture: Katong Shopping Centre

Katong Shopping Centre was Singapore’s first fully air conditioned retail mall when it opened to the public in 1973. Built in a modernist style, it’s cast concrete portholes and corrugated texture share great similarities with other buildings of the era, such as Golden Mile Complex.

Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography

With an exterior that was originally raw concrete, it was spruced up with striking blue and yellow paint scheme in 1997 [1]

Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography

In its early days the mall would have had a view of the sea, before new condominiums surrounded it on the newly reclaimed land fronting East Coast Park.

Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography

As with many strata owned malls in Singapore, the interior feels stuck in a timewarp with long poorly lit corridors and oldschool shops selling I.T wares and textiles.

Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography
Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore Architecture Photography


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