by A Total TaiTai Tale
Wednesday Wanderings and Wonderings.
When you realize that your weekly MRT ride pass by the historic St James Power Station which will be the site of Dyson new global headquarters later this year.
The original power station was mostly known lately for being a major music-themed nightlife venue.
Built in 1926, it was Singapore’s first power station (also previously the one and only coal-fired power plant in Singapore) and supplied electricity to the nearby port and the surrounding industries, shipyards and residences.
Due to its rich history, the St James building was gazetted as a national monument in 2009. As a result, its appearance – which has remained largely the same from the time it was built, with its distinctive red brick facade – cannot be touched. Owners of the building are not allowed to alter the facade, build any extensions or hack any walls. The building was also awarded the URA Architectural Heritage Award in 2010.
On a side note Sir James Dyson sold his Singapore penthouse said to be Singapore’s largest at a loss, just one year after buying it. Singapore’s Business Times reported that he accepted an offer for $62m Singapore dollars ($47m) from US-based billionaire Leo Koguan. The sale price is lower than the reported purchase price of S$73.8m.
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