I’m grateful for friend who are willing to look for vantage point and follow me to obscure car park to take the photo I want.
Since 1st April 2017, Rochor Center is closed and cannot be visited. (I’ll post some pictures I took last year from the inside). It has been used recently by the police and army to trained their soldiers but it will be demolished soon and the landscape will be forever changed .
Rochor Centre was built and completed in 1977 to take in residents and businesses that was uprooted across the city. It’s what we call HDB (*). It has become a urban landscape of Singapore thanks to its bright colorful facades (only painted this way in 1994) just outside the center business district.
In November 2011, it was announced that the Rochor centre would be acquired by the government to make way for the new 21.5 km North-South Expressway (NSE) and the development of the Ophir-Rochor Corridor.
As of 1 April 2017, the entire building has been barricaded and the carpark permanently closed.
(*) The Housing & Development Board (HDB) is the statutory board of the Ministry of National Development responsible for public housing in Singapore. It is generally credited with clearing the squatters and slums of the 1960s and resettling residents into low-cost state-built housing. Today, as many as 82% of Singaporeans live in public housing provided by the HDB! (and owned their apartment might I add)
20-Jan-2022: D-150 before departure
This was such an iconic (and very colorful) landmark in Singapore.
Glad I decided to go photograph it right when I arrived and didn’t wait to explore its grown because a few months later it was closed.
You need to jump right in, don’t wait too long because things will disappear and you’ll regret it. You might think it’s here forever but it’s not. Embrace all of it right there right now…you’ll never know what the future hold….. HDB buildings or others 😉
PS: if I had decided to do a 100-day recap I would be half way thru it today but no, I did the 200-day recap so I’m only a ¼ in it. 🙄
~~~Just a little FYI So for my last 200 days in Singapore I have decided to reblog, in no special order, a post from the 6 years I will have spent on the Little Red Dot. PS: you will then get 2 posts a day!!~~~