11 beautifully instagrammable architecture in Singapore

11 beautifully instagrammable architecture in Singapore
November 27 08:56 2016 Print This Article




Looking to liven up your Instagram feed? Here are some of the best places to find Instagrammable architecture in Singapore where you can test out your photography skills.

1. Keppel Bay

To admire turquoise waters and luxurious yachts, head to Keppel Bay, a waterfront area beside the Harbourfront Centre, consisting of Caribbean at Keppel Bay, Reflections at Keppel Bay, as well as Keppel Island. The island is connected to mainland via a 250m cable bridge, and is home to cafes like Prive where you can have brunch while enjoying the waterfront view.

Explore the Caribbean and Reflections at Keppel Bay areas, both upscale condominiums with picture-worthy architecture (the latter is the work of the famed Daniel Libeskind, the designer behind the World Trade Center Master Plan) and scenic views of Singapore’s southern waters.

2. MCIA Building

Despite the name, the building not only houses the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA), but the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth as well. A landmark at the junction of River Valley Road and Hill Street, the MICA building is also known as the Old Hill Street Police Station, with reference to the building’s former tenant.

Now, the iconic MICA building doubles as a destination to visit for Instagrammable architecture in Singapore, with its vibrant windows – a total of 927 to be exact – painted in the colours of the rainbow.

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3. Emerald Hill

Amidst the glitzy malls of Orchard Road, many a shopper would probably have missed the unassuming lane that takes you to the Emerald Hill area, a historic neighbourhood featuring Chinese Baroque and art deco-style architecture. The lane opens with a laid-back al fresco bar right by The Centrepoint, leading to more friendly cocktail spots and a world of heritage.

With brightly painted facades, wooden shutters, grand-looking gates and lounge beats coming from the pubs and bars, Emerald Hill was the setting for many stories by local author Goh Sin Tub and the popular local theatre production ‘Emily of Emerald Hill’.


4. Gillman Barracks

Who knew barracks were so Instagrammable? Nestled within lush greenery, Gillman Barracks is the site of a former military barrack, and has since been transformed into a contemporary arts precinct that houses diverse exhibitions by top international and local artists.

Step in and the whitewashed buildings are already a great backdrop for your OOTD shot, while the ever-changing exhibitions provide different Instagram shots each time you visit. Plus, dining establishments like the laid-back al fresco bar, Timbre; the hipster cafe, Creamier; and the elegant colonial restaurant, Masons, have equally Instagram-worthy food and decor.

5. Chinese Garden

Located within Jurong Lake, the Chinese Garden is guarded by a pair of majestic stone lions at its gates. The best time to visit is during Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival, where the garden comes alive with celebrations and performances. There is also a Japanese Garden, connected to the Chinese Garden via a bridge over the lake.

The Chinese Garden features an extensive bonsai collection at the Bonsai Garden, a Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum, stone bridges and meandering pathways leading to pavilions and pagodas constructed in traditional imperial style. In particular, stop by the seven storey-tall Cloud Piercing Pagoda for a shot of the beautiful traditional structure.

6. Chijmes

With spacious courtyards and marble waterfalls, Chijmes is a lifestyle and entertainment complex in the middle of the city. The complex has plenty of OOTD-friendly whitewashed walls, romantic spiral staircases with intricate designs, and patterned tiles for your #fromwhereistand Instagram shots.

While it is now an enclave of bars and restaurants, the compound’s neolassical architecture gives away the fact that it’s over a century old. During the bygone era, Chijmes used to house a chapel, a Catholic school and an orphanage, marked by the still-standing Gate of Hope.

7. Arab Street

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A culturally rich enclave, Arab Street is located in the historic Kampong Glam precinct. With street art plastering the walls of restored shophouses along the palm tree-lined streets, and old-school shops selling an array of textiles, Persian rugs and other trinkets, Arab Street definitely has one of the most Instagrammable architecture areas in Singapore, with photo ops at every turn.

The name might be misleading, though, because Arab Street isn’t just one street, but a combination of multiple streets skirted by delightful shophouses. Haji Lane is perhaps one of the most popular, boasting laid-back cafes and quirky boutiques. Further down the road is where the majestic Masjid Sultan Mosque stands, a national monument and a major heritage attraction, with its massive prayer hall and iconic golden domes.

8. Peranakan Museum

Also a national monument, the Peranakan Museum is housed in the old Tao Nan School Building that was built in 1912, a conserved colonial building reminiscent of Straits Settlements bungalows, with fluted columns and symmetrical lines that make for Instagram-worthy shots.

With the world’s finest and most comprehensive collection of Peranakan artefacts, the Peranakan Museum is the go-to destination to uncover Peranakan culture, which is a hybrid of Chinese, Malay, and Indian elements. Highlights to admire include the lavish pagoda trays made with gold leafs, mother-of-pearl and wood, as well as the Beadwork tablecloth, the largest known example of Peranakan beadwork made of over a million glass beads. We loved our visit!

9. National Gallery

A beautiful heritage spot for art-lovers, the National Gallery boasts the world’s largest public display of modern Southeast Asian art, in a massive building that consists of the City Hall and the former Supreme Court Building, both national monuments.

The interior spaces are stunning and absolutely Instagram-worthy, from the black and white steps of the Supreme Court foyer, to the grand Rotunda Dome, to the Padang atrium where light shines through the patterned glass roof to form shapes on the wooden floor. Dining upstairs also grants you a view of the gorgeous Marina Bay area.

10. Singapore Art Museum

With paintings, sculptures, installations, and moving media, the Singapore Art Museum’s contemporary art collection is one of the most important (and Instagrammable!) in the region. The museum is also a location for the annual Singapore Night Festival, where the entire museum’s facade doubles as a huge screen for mesmerising light projections.

It’s not just the art that’s worth snapping pictures of though, the building itself is beautiful too, made from the restored building of St Joseph’s Institute, retaining elements like the floor tiles and the roof patina that give the building its old-school meets modern charm.

11. ArtScience Museum

Admire art, science, design, media, architecture and technology at the ArtScience Museum. As part of the Marina Bay Sands, the museum is situated along the Marina Bay waterfront, and is easy to spot with its distinct palm-shaped architecture, designed to resemble a lotus flower.

Equally photo-worthy are its world-class exhibitions, having housed artefacts from Genghis Khan’s reign, Harry Potter film sets and more. Permanent exhibits include Future World, an interactive digital playground that is also Singapore’s largest, where you can get lost amidst the dazzling lights.

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