Artist's impression of the Indian Heritage Centre which is expected to open in 2015. A collaboration between Robert Greg Shand Architects and URBNarc, it features an eye-catching translucent facade that will become iridescent when it reflects daylight but transparent when backlit at night, to reveal a colourful mural. Situated in the heart of Little India, the $12 million centre will be aimed at the wider Singapore community, as well as visitors from overseas. The finished building will house galleries and educational spaces. -- FILE PHOTO: ROBERT GREG SHAND ARCHITECTS AND URBNARC
Singapore's Indian Heritage Centre will open in early 2015. The building, which is estimated to cost $12 million, will have a gross floor area of about 3,000 sqm.
The four-storey building at the junction of Campbell Lane and Clive Street will be home to five permanent galleries, small-scale museum facilities, activity spaces, a rooftop garden and other amenities.
This was announced at the centre's groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday morning by guest-of-honour Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam with special guest, former president Mr S R Nathan.
Mr Shanmugaratnam said the centre will not only serve as a focal point for the Indian community in Singapore, but will welcome all who wish to know about its heritage and cultures that have been intrinsic to Singapore's identity.
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