Asian Civilisations Museum

The gently sloping frontage of this fine building gives an air of relaxed tranquility

This beacon of cultural exploration and understanding, showcasing the extraordinary Civilisations that have existed in Asia for millenia, is perched above the scenic promenade of the Singapore River, The Asian Civilizations Museum building is an elegant and fine colonial style building, which can be said to truly grace the riverfront. The frontage is an open parkland with mature trees and grassy terraces and slopes, sweeping and stepping down to the riverside walkway. The choice of plants is intentionally simple, with tall grasses (Pennisetum alopercuroides, now renamed Cenchrus purpurascans), and the attractive shrub, Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica). The chosen trees, Garcinia sub elliptica, are tall and stately, adding an extra layer of elegance to the scene.

The landscape extends to the Museums entrances and courtyards, and the nearby street frontages, where existing trees are retained and the landscape and paved areas blended into the precincts of the neighbouring heritage buildings.







URA Architectural Heritage Award, New Design in Heritage Contexts, 2018