The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore has reimagined its East Wing to include a Library Reception and an exciting new food and beverage concept called Republic. Conceived by tonychi studio, the Library Reception, Lounge and Bar are designed to evoke the warmth, intimacy and elegance of a private residence. While each space boasts a distinct interior design and experience, their spatial layouts blends harmoniously, with floor-to-ceiling partitions which may be opened or closed depending on the mood or time of day.
“Having worked on both Colony and Summer Pavilion restaurants in 2015, it is a privilege and honour to return to The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, which is an architectural masterpiece by Kevin Roche. I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to define both the expected and the unexpected for this landmark hotel that embodies modern Singapore and today’s global lifestyle”, said Mr. Tony Chi, founder of New York based tonychi studio.
The new Library Reception will redefine the guest arrival and check-in experience. Here, guests will encounter an understated elegance inspired by a grand residential library, characterised by natural oak wood floors and ceilings, and stocked with literature on diverse subjects to encourage guests to enjoy and appreciate the space for as long as they desire. A new Digital Hub will offer a suite of business centre services.
Designed to depart from the usual expectations of a hotel food and beverage outlet, Republic is a multi-dimensional concept which transforms throughout the day, and serves from morning to late in the evening.
Adjacent to the Library Reception is the Lounge, with three grand chandeliers and expansive walls adorned in blue herringbone fabric. Guests are invited to savour their time in this residential parlour, enjoying light bites from the four vitrines throughout the day, à la carte dining options, or an elegantly modern five-tier afternoon tea experience.
After dark, imbibe on liquid history at Republic Bar, which showcases an extensive cocktail menu devoted to a narrative of historical anecdotes originating from Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Italy; and a curated selection of the finest vintage spirits epoch of the 1960s.
While the decade of the 60s was marked by cultural and social revolution, it saw the rise of style icons and the legends of rock music, as well as the international jet set, which led to a sophisticated era for cocktailing.
The Republic Bar concept in collaboration with Proof & Company pays homage to this era where freedom, expression and individuality were celebrated, with a cocktail menu that showcases flavours, ingredients and sensations inspired by the influential hallmarks of the 1960s, and around four cultural epicentres of importance and meaningful change.
“The dawn of Republic creates symmetry and balance between the East and West wings of the hotel, with Colony restaurant alluding to that period in history when Singapore was part of the British Crown Colony, through to its next major milestone with the formation of the Republic of Singapore in 1965, anchoring the hotel experience with a deep sense of place”, explained Mr Peter Mainguy, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.
Take a seat at the rich, dark toned, natural wood bar and allow the bartenders to share stories abouta “Mythical Beast” that was once spotted on our tiny island, the British designer behind the “Mini Skirt”, the Space Race that inspired “Stardust” and how Ferruccio Lamborghini went from making tractors to “Miura” - the first super car.
In addition to the main bar, Republic offers six unique Home Bars, exquisitely detailed with handcrafted red Venetian glass, and embodying the opulence and residential style of home parties in the 60s, while their bartender or vintage spirits ambassador plays host to your revelries.
Decorative artwork throughout the bar celebrates the decade of the 60s, while a curated music playlist complements the transition of the East Wing from day to night, and a standalone deejay booth offers the option of live music.
Republic will operate from 12.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. daily. Lunch is available from 12.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.; afternoon tea from 12.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.; and dinner from 5.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
Moving towards Asia expansion, Jakarta-based café chain Maxx Coffee has launched its first international outpost at NUS Library. The popular lifestyle coffee chain has more than 80 outlets in 23 cities across Indonesia.
The Maxx Coffee story began with a deep passion to provide Indonesians with the best coffee and lifestyle experiences. In March 2015, their founders opened the first Maxx Coffee store in Cikarang, East Jakarta with aspirations of becoming Indonesia’s number one local coffee chain, serving wide range of specialty coffees made with freshly ground Arabica beans sourced from coffee regions in Indonesia and around the world.
They will also be opening up very soon at 5 other locations in Singapore.
Housed within the Gallery's Rotunda, located at the heart of the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery, it is a site of historical importance and now serves as a research hub for the study of art history in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
No prior appointments need to be made or admission tickets need to be purchased to enter the Rotunda Library & Archive. However, users must register at the counter to access the collection.
National Gallery Singapore was established in 2015 as a leading visual arts institution overseeing the world’s largest public collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art. Guided by its curatorial vision to present the art histories of Singapore and Southeast Asia; reflexively (re)write the art histories of Singapore and Southeast Asia; and examine these art histories in relation to the global history of art, the Gallery has developed a significant collection of artists’ archives and a reference library focusing on Singapore and Southeast Asian art.
The Gallery’s Rotunda, located at the heart of the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery (Level 3, Supreme Court Wing), is a site of historical importance. During the building’s former life as the Supreme Court of Singapore, the Rotunda served as the Law Library. Housed in this historical space, the Rotunda Library & Archive extends the memory of this site while serving a new function as a research hub for the study of art history in Southeast Asia.
The Rotunda Library & Archive aims to be a leading library housing one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Singapore and Southeast Asian art-historical resources from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
Their collection currently holds over 20,000 physical and digital items, including rare publications, exhibition catalogues, ephemera and digital archives, made possible through generous donations, publication exchanges with various art institutions in the region, and partnerships with the estates of Southeast Asian modern art pioneers, such as Georgette Chen and Lim Hak Tai (Singapore), S. Sudjojono (Indonesia) and Kalaw Ledesma Foundation (the Philippines).
Most archival acquisitions are conducted through loans or donations from the archives’ owners (artists, artists’ families, estates and art communities). The Library & Archive preserves the donated physical archives and digitises loaned archives.
A large selection of materials in their Library & Archive collection is searchable here (You will be redirected to their Collections Search Portal). Due to copyright restrictions and levels of permission from the archive owners, some items are only available for viewing onsite. You can view these items in the Collections Search Portal with our digital viewing facility at the Gallery’s Rotunda Library & Archive.
The Gallop Extension is an 8-hectare addition to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. It is located next to the Learning Forest and can be accessed via Tyersall Avenue.
Framed by landscapes composed of native plants and forests, the Gallop Extension contributes to the Gardens’ rich heritage and its role in research, conservation, education and recreation. As a natural extension of the Gardens’ nature area, which covers the Rain Forest and the Learning Forest, the Gallop Extension enables visitors to learn about forest ecology and the significance of conservation.
The Mingxin Foundation Rambler’s Ridge and OCBC Arboretum at the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Gallop Extension are now open!
The Mingxin Foundation Rambler’s Ridge is a re-creation of a variety of hill-slope and cliff-edge habitats found in the region, accessed via a barrier-free path. For those looking for an adventure, the ridge-top hiking trail will provide a challenging alternative route to get to the highest point in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
The OCBC Arboretum serves as a site for conservation and research of dipterocarps, a family of trees which form the backbone of the region’s tropical rainforests. More than 200 dipterocarp species are represented here.
Boyle's Coffee is a premium coffee brand of UTB Coffee which is steadily gaining popularity and continuing its expansion as an enterprise specializing in coffee since the business start up in South Korea in 2001. Through the launch of expert specialty Dutch Coffee brand "Boyle’s Coffee", it practices innovation and various approaches to regard coffee as an important part of life, not simply a drink.
With two outlets established in Singapore since 2014, Boyle's Coffee continues to expand their venture by opening up their third Singapore outlet to display their commitment in serving quality coffee. Partnering with two young entrepreneurs, their new flagship store takes a fresh approach in also offering delicious and hearty food under the name "Boyle's Coffee & Love Bites".
Located on the ground floor of the soon-to-open Six Senses Maxwell and lined with lush tropical foliage is Cook & Tras, a social library restaurant & bar influenced by heritage Straits cuisine.
This establishment will feature a specially curated book collection designed by the UK’s Ultimate Library. Known for their dedication to building bespoke book collections for hotels and private residences around the world, they have put together a storied collection of titles that reflect the local neighborhood as well as volumes on subjects such as wellness, meditation, nutrition, herbal medicine, natural history, climate change and sustainability.
Designed by famed French designer Jacques Garcia (think NoMad New York), the plush décor of Cook & Tras creates a warmly intimate atmosphere set in a fully curated social library, with richly textured custom-designed furnishings.
Open throughout the day for light breakfasts and an all-day “small-plates for sharing” menu, the venue also has a bespoke cocktail programme on offer.
Singapore’s latest mall library will open in VivoCity on 12 January 2019, promising book lovers here an exciting new venue with the latest features and services. The public library will offer conducive reading spaces for patrons of all ages set against a splendid view of Sentosa. To fit its location and help patrons locate it easily, the library will be named Library@Harbourfront.
The library, which will be situated at level three of the VivoCity shopping mall, will be conveniently linked to the HarbourFront MRT station, which is connected to the North-East and Circle lines, and the HarbourFront Bus Interchange. “We want our libraries to be as accessible as possible, so that more patrons of all ages can make use of the library to read and learn,” said the National Library Board’s Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Elaine Ng.
The library will be relocated from Bukit Merah Central. The present Bukit Merah Public Library will cease operations from 1 December 2018. After the library has moved out, the community’s grassroots leaders and a few social service organisations will provide a variety of services and programmes at the site. These will include a mini-library and reading corner supported by NLB.
To continue to serve the reading needs of Bukit Merah residents, NLB has also set up another 12 reading corners in the area in the past year. The 12 mini book hubs offer over 5,000 books and 250 seats in total. These corners cater to residents of all ages, from children and students, to adults and seniors.
On top of the reading corners, NLB will look into bringing one of its MOLLY mobile libraries to the area fortnightly, to provide residents with additional books and programmes. With this service, they will be able to borrow and return library books conveniently.
Leading up to library@harbourfront’s opening, residents will also be treated to special preview tours of the new library space. The tours will be held one week before the library officially opens in January 2019, allowing them to have a first look at the new features.
Read more about the new Library@Harbourfront here.
The National Archives of Singapore (NAS) building is undergoing renovations and will reopen at the end of this year. The building, which was originally the Anglo-Chinese School (Primary), will also have its Oldham Theatre expanded from a 44-seater to seat 135.
NAS houses the collective memory of our nation. This memory allows current and future generations of Singaporeans to understand our different cultures, explore our common heritage and appreciate who we are and how we became a nation.
As the official custodian of the corporate memory of the government, NAS manages public records and provides advice to government agencies on records management. From government files, private records, historical maps and photographs to oral history interviews and audio-visual materials, NAS is responsible for the collection, preservation and management of Singapore's public and private archival records, some of which date back to the early 19th century.
NAS’ repository of archival materials makes it an important research centre for those in search of information about the country's history.
The recently unveiled integrated complex in Bedok, Heartbeat@Bedok, was designed to incorporate amenities that cater to all age groups, providing family-friendly facilities. Parents with kids, grandchildren and grandparents can all come together as families to enjoy themselves in a single location.
Built upon a formerly forested site, it is apt that the main theme of Heartbeat@Bedok is greenery. Every floor plate is bordered with greenery, seemingly enveloping the building within a park’s forest. The multiple layering of plants, trees, shrubs and ground cover simulate a terraced landscape on the south façade, acting as privacy and acoustic screens from the neighbouring residential units. Heartbeat@Bedok’s unique design has also caught the eye internationally and it has won numerous architectural awards both home and abroad.
Bringing multiple services together under one roof, Heartbeat@Bedok is one of Singapore’s largest integrated complexes - it occupies 2.1 hectares or the size of about three football fields. The building houses several facilities such as a community centre, sport centre, polyclinic, senior care centre, a public library, as well as food & beverage outlets and shops.
The new Bedok Public Library is among a suite of community services provided at the new integrated complex, Heartbeat@Bedok. It covers an area of 4,150 square metres spread across the 2nd and 3rd storey at Heartbeat@Bedok and serves residents in the South East areas of Bedok North, Bedok Reservoir, Bedok South, Frankel, Kaki Bukit and Kembangan.
The themes of nature, landscape and greenery feature prominently in Heartbeat@Bedok and within the library itself. The pillar wraps, colours and design in the library include landscape elements inspired by nature.
Tampines Regional Library was the first regional library under National Library Board (NLB) and it covered a floor area of 6,208 square metres back then. The all new Tampines Regional Library at Our Tampines Hub has unveiled on 5th Aug, and spans a floor area of 12,600 square metres.
More than 400,000 books are available in the nation's four official languages. The library will also feature a Singapore collection of more than 12,000 books by local authors.
The new Tampines Regional Library is the largest of its kind in Singapore, and spans five floors with dedicated spaces for children, teens and adults. Other than books and library programmes, visitors can also enjoy facilities such as the PIXEL Labs@NLB maker space, an indoor playground (opening in October) and a culinary studio.
The National Library Board (NLB) is partnering with the People’s Association Culinary Studio to hold cooking classes there. The studio will also showcase a digital display of recommended books, as well as cooking videos to facilitate learning.
The library will have new services, including an immersive storytelling room for children. There will also be customised reading spaces for patrons of all ages.
The library's new Children’s Zone, will pilot the Stories Come Alive Room. Be ready to step right into a storybook, complete with changing scenes, sounds and animations! Enjoy an immersive storytelling experience when the library re-opens.
Located within Compass One shopping mall, the newly revamped Sengkang Public Library covers an area of 2,136 square meters.
New areas in the library include the Early Literacy Area where families can read and bond together, the Tween Space targeted at children aged 10 to 14 and a dedicated Adults section for quiet reading.
Sengkang Public Library has a total collection size of 125,000 books, magazines and audio-visual items. This includes items from the Adult, Young People and Children's collections. All items in the library can be loaned out by library members.
The collection covers a broad range of subjects for leisure reading and stocks popular reads for all ages. Popular fiction, liifesyle reads, mgazines, award-winning books for children, as well as picture books are very well-received by library users.
A five-storey regional library, a 20-court badminton hall, six swimming pools and a 5,000-seater stadium with a FIFA-approved football pitch are some of the facilities residents can enjoy when the new town hub at Tampines opens progressively from the end of next year.
Phase One of the hub will be completed by the fourth quarter of next year. Residents will be able to make use of the community centre, retail, food and beverage (F&B) outlets, an 800-seat hawker centre and the badminton hall.