In 2011, the Singapore government announced that Rochor Centre was being demolished to make way for a new expressway. When we were reminded just last year that it would be demolished in 2016 (date unannounced), we knew that we simply had to capture its magnificence before it was gone for good!
Rochor Centre was built in 1977 as a typical commercial/residential estate, with shops situated on the first few floors and the housing estates above them. We notice that recent properties have incorporated this design, which says a lot about the distinctive design scheme!
What is immediately noticeable about Rochor Centre are the 4 blocks of flats that were painted in prominent colours (yellow, blue, green and magenta). It formed part of the backdrop that allowed us to express our creativity during our trip there! The fact that many tenants have moved out and relocated elsewhere made the centre seem like a ghost town (of sorts). We started our exploration from the ground level, encountering numerous empty shops on the upper levels, before heading up towards the level where the housing estates were situated.
As part of the SG50 celebrations, a group of artists banded together to infuse the old Rochor estate with wallpapers of Singaporeans taking part in daily activities, including taking the MRT and going to school. The wallpapers are creatively affixed to the walls of the void deck, giving a life-like impression of different environments in Singapore!
As always, we brought out trusty Lomo’Instant camera, and exhausted our creative juices to great effect!
Rochor Centre is a must-visit location for photographers (there were many when we went there during the weekend), with opportunities all over the place to snap some creative shots! Set to close in 2016, this is the year to explore yet another hidden gem right in the heart of Singapore!