3 historic structures on Mount Sophia to undergo $6.3m restoration

Condo complex showcases how creative reuse and flexible models add value to conserved buildings

The old chapel was built in 1969 by the Trinity Theological College.
The old chapel was built in 1969 by the Trinity Theological College. PHOTO: ST FILE

It has been one of the country's best kept secrets but that will change when a former chapel on Mount Sophia that boasts some striking architectural features throws open its doors to the public next year .

This one-of-a-kind modernist tropical structure, which has been largely in private hands, is set to reopen as a restaurant, but will retain the sweeping roof beams forming the Chinese character "ren" (people) and a floating skylight.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 30, 2018, with the headline 'Room for history on Mount Sophia'. Subscribe