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Pearl Bank still special after all these years

To residents and architecture buffs, it is unique and should be preserved

Published on May 2, 2014 8:10 AM
 

American architect Ed Poole was so set against a proposal to put Pearl Bank Apartments up for a collective sale in 2007 that he hired a lawyer and rallied his neighbours.

The attempt failed.

"Pearl Bank is irreplaceable," said Mr Poole, 54, who lives in a penthouse unit in the landmark building along Outram Road. "There is no way you can find another apartment like Pearl Bank in Singapore."

Indeed, for residents such as Mr Poole, architectural devotees and ordinary Singaporeans alike, the horseshoe-shaped building atop Pearl's Hill, overlooking Chinatown and as far as Sentosa, is unique and should be preserved carefully.

Most of the apartment owners living there are now seeking a conservation order for the 38-storey Pearl Bank, the tallest residential building in Singapore when it was completed in 1976.

This is part of a plan thought up by the building's architect, 77-year-old Tan Cheng Siong.

 
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