2017 Week 34 Architecture Gallery: Victoria Concert Hall, Old Parliament

It’s all architecture this time round, as we pay a visit to the Victoria Concert Hall and the neighbouring Old Parliament building. As the name implies, the VCH is a music concert venue in Singapore, and one of only two places in Singapore which is properly designed for the acoustics of musical instruments. Sure there are definitely other venues where you can hold a music concert. But there are only two places with a sound design which can satisfy discerning listeners of instrumental music.

Singapore 2017: Victoria Concert Hall Interior 5Singapore 2017: Victoria Concert Hall Interior Main Foyer
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No I really don’t know who the busts are of. I’ll guess some sponsor or founder of the venue during colonial times.

Singapore 2017: Victoria Concert Hall InteriorSingapore 2017: Victoria Concert Hall Interior Foyer 1

Singapore 2017: Victoria Concert Hall Interior 3Singapore 2017: Victoria Concert Hall Interior Foyer 2

The building is an interesting fusion of traditional colonial architecture and modern contemporary design. Here we have a glimpse of a corridor with a flight of stairs. The wall and pillars to the right is reminiscent of the traditional stone-with-motif-patterns design, while everything else is minimalist, clean and contemporary.

Singapore 2017: Victoria Concert Hall Interior 2Singapore 2017: Victoria Concert Hall Interior Side Staircase

There are still many corners and views of this place that I have not yet made an image of. I’ll be back to do more one day.

There is smaller building right beside VCH called the Arthouse. As its name suggests, it is used for hosting some art displays. But it also serves as a museum, for in its recent former life it functioned as the nation’s parliament. Here are some glimpses into the historic parliament halls:

Singapore 2017: Old Parliament House Parliament HallSingapore 2017: Old Parliament Hall 1
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Singapore 2017: Old Parliament House Parliament Hall 2Singapore 2017: Old Parliament Hall 2
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Free admissions by the way. And since it is located in the CBD near other museums and attractions, it’s an interesting place to drop by for 30 minutes.

-WY

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