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     FrontPage Edition: Tue 5 December 2006

Tanglin Village attracts businesses with its rustic charm



In the last three years, over 40 businesses have vied for seven parcels of land in Tanglin Village.
These property launches by the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) have attracted businessmen and entrepreneurs to take advantage of the convenient locality and develop projects compatible with its rustic charm.
Recent visitors would have seen several improvements by SLA to improve the visitors' experience to Tanglin Village. These include landscaped plazas with visitor information, entrance and building markers and improved directional signage in this approximately 40 ha site.
Associate Professor Ho Peng Kee, Senior Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs, who was Guest-of-Honour at a morning site tour of Tanglin Village, pointed out that the mindset of adapting to the changing business and social environment is essential for Singapore's continued growth and vitality. Tanglin Village is a physical representation of this adaptive rejuvenation as these old buildings get a fresh lease of life and entrepreneurs create their unique value propositions in the village.
The tour related the story of Tanglin Village from its days as a plantation to an army camp, to its present day evolving enclave of lifestyle, education and arts interests.
Tanglin Village is nestled near the good class bungalow area opposite the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
This idyllic setting has become increasingly popular with a small diverse community of businessmen and entrepreneurs, chefs and educators, dancers and artists, architects and designers. At present, over 30 businesses and organizations call Tanglin Village home.
The main interest areas are in lifestyle services, education services and art events.
A number of new lifestyle concepts have taken residence in Tanglin Village in recent years. PS Caf└ opened in December of 2005 and has proven to be a favorite haunt for celebrities. In 2006, two more alfresco dining concepts opened, namely Hacienda and Oosh. These will add to the existing stable of notable establishments including Highwood, the Wine Company and the Wine Network.
These concepts are not merely places to tantalize the palates but also opportunities for architects and designers to show off their skills.
Two of these establishments, "PS Caf└" and "Oosh" are known to have engaged Aamer Tahler Design Studio to helm their projects. Oosh is touted as Singapore's largest alfresco bar and restaurant and sits on 110,000 square-foot land. The establishment houses several restaurants and bars, including a specialty Japanese restaurant, garden dining area serving quality European and Asian fares and a fine wine and cigar lounge - a concept that is both unique and exhilarating.
St James Kindergarten with some 650 kids in its enrolment, is the largest kindergarten in Singapore. Developing its own curriculum, this kindergarten is one of the few in Singapore who can truly lay claim to "Nature and Nurture".
Other education concepts taking residence in Tanglin Village include the Overseas Family School and The Ballroom, a dance school for ballroom and different genres of dances.
Tanglin Village is one of the venues for the Singapore Biennale 2006 which will last from 4 September 2006 to 12 November 2006.
A cluster of three buildings became exhibition sites to showcase a selection of 55 works by artists such as Agus Suwage & Titarubi (mixed media installation), Agathe de Bailliencourt (wall painting installation) and Alwar Babasubramaniam (mixed media installation).
Tanglin Village is chosen as one of the sites because it is a part of Singapore's history and opens up new spaces of imagination and inspiration for artists to present their works. It is also a prime location, just five minutes away from Orchard Road and accessible to visitors.
Tanglin Village is organized into three clusters, named for the main arterial roads. They are the Dempsey cluster, the Minden cluster and the Loewen cluster.
In early August this year, the Singapore Land Authority undertook upgrading works in Tanglin Village to cater to the increased traffic and visitors. Two landscaped plazas were built to serve as information points and future event spaces. The two plazas, each carrying a village map, a tenants directory and a history storyboard, are located in the Dempsey and Minden clusters.
The entrances to Tanglin Village were marked by better signages, intersections carry directional signs, and each block has its own building markers carrying the names of the main tenants.
The Singapore Land Authority expects to launch at least two more tenders for Tanglin Village over the next six months. Further details will be released in due course on
The Singapore Land Authority intends to make further improvements to the surrounding infrastructure of Tanglin Village. These will include road improvements, night lighting improvements and improved signages to notable establishments.
We remain committed to balance the need for safety and convenience while retaining as much of the rustic character of the Village.
The Singapore Land Authority welcomes ideas and feedback on the Village and would be proud to have Tanglin Village become a vibrant urban sanctuary for businesses and people to enjoy. This is a key demonstration project of the Singapore Land Authority for the adaptive reuse of government surplus properties.
Interested parties who wish to learn more about the properties available in Tanglin Village can refer to, the latest website by the Singapore Land Authority (SLA), for more information.
Issued by:
Singapore Land Authority
7th November 2006

Source: Press Release 7 Nov 2006

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