Zouk's move good for Clarke Quay

Zouk's move to Clarke Quay (Iconic Nightclub Zouk Moving To Clarke Quay, Life!, June 29) is good news for the nightlife and tourism industries.

Few can doubt the club's impact on the electronic dance music scene and sub-culture in Singapore and across East Asia.

Hopefully, the club can inspire a new wave at Clarke Quay, transforming the area from its current portfolio of mostly middle- of-the road restaurants, bars and the G-Max Reverse Bungy into a must-visit destination for fashion, food and drink, music and art.

It is time for Clarke Quay to live up to the cutting-edge essence of those umbrella-like shelters designed by British architect Will Alsop, and distinguish itself further from Boat Quay and Robertson Quay.

The same free spirit of creativity and imagination should also be injected into the Jiak Kim Street warehouses that Zouk will be vacating next year.

I hope the Singapore Land Authority will keep these heritage assets and lease them to any group which can come up with a similar or better concept than, say, a 10 Corso Como (a shopping and dining complex in Milan, Italy).

Do not waste this piece of our history on developers who can think only of turning it into a staid clubhouse in their condominium or on those whose idea of lifestyle comprises merely food and drink.

Sylvester Toh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 18, 2015, with the headline 'Zouk's move good for Clarke Quay'. Print Edition | Subscribe