No man ever steps in the same river twice,
for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.
EVERY GREAT CITY HAS A RIVER.
NEW YORK. LONDON. SHANGHAI.
EVERY RIVER HAS A STORY.
THE SINGAPORE RIVER IS THE
A TALE OF OVERCOMING.
A WAY OF PROGRESS.
FROM THE RIVER, FORTUNE FLOWS
When Raffles sailed into the Singapore River with William Farquhar in 1819, they were drawn by the island’s strategic location, which was on the main oceanic trading route between Europe and the Orient. A treaty was soon signed between Raffles and the local rulers to allow the British to establish a trading port at the mouth of the Singapore River.
The growth of Singapore as a trading port and the fortunes that came along with it are inextricably tied to the river. As trade flourished, trading houses and godowns were built upriver. These businesses brought wealth and opportunity to their owners, among whom were prominent Chinese leader Tan Jiak Kim and his forefathers.
As a philanthropist, Tan Jiak Kim continued his family’s legacy of giving back to society and helping to better the lives of his fellow countrymen. In his honour, Jiak Kim Street, which is next to the Singapore River, was named after him in 1920.
To this day, stories like this continue to unravel along the Singapore River, a neverending lifeline of progress and plenitude.
IMAGE SOURCE: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. Singapore River, Singapore.
FROM THE IMAGINATION OF A VISIONARY ARCHITECT
Designed by renowned architecture practice SCDA, Rivière is a showpiece in mastering the elements of architecture – light, space, transparency, materiality and order. The residential towers are raised elegantly on structural stilts, framed by intimate gardens and sensuous water pavilions. The overall design aspires to the humanist qualities of serenity and calmness, giving poetic beauty to everyday moments.
Led by principal architect Soo K. Chan, the highly esteemed practice has received numerous accolades including the President’s Design Award, the RIBA Award, the SIA Architectural Design Awards and prizes from the World Architecture Festival for its extensive portfolio covering luxury residences, hospitality and cultural institutions around the world.
THE RIVER’S CENTREPIECE
The river winds around Rivière, a sculptural masterpiece that will no doubt be the envy of its neighbours. Next to it, serviced apartments and three conserved warehouses form the rest of the development.