Episode 03 - Adaptive Reuse for Vibrant Precincts
In this third episode, I bring you to one of Singapore’s most iconic streets : Keong Saik Road, near Chinatown.
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In the 60s, Keong Saik used to be a red light district but steady conservation and renovation of its various shophouses (a prevalent building type in Singapore's architectural and built heritage) have paved the way for a very different neighbourhood.
🏙 Keong Saik is a perfect summary of Singapore’s cultural diversity and a great showcase of the potential of adaptive reuse in heritage districts.
I meet with Ben Gattie, the founder of the Working Capitol, a co-working space that sits on 1 Keong Saik Road in a former old biscuit factory.
We discuss how Keong Saik has changed over time and what it takes to build vibrant and distinctive neighbourhoods.
Ben has a wealth of experience in urban revitalisation and has championed the role of “neighbourhood builder” for many years in the precinct, forging harmonious synergies with the local community.
Come and join us as we unpack the success and the lessons behind the Working Capitol and the transformation Keong Saik Road!
And because an exploration is not complete with some pictures, check out the little selection below. There is also a very cool video walking tour of the precinct, for a full-blown immersion 🤩