$110m Chinese cultural centre ready in Nov
THE $110-million, 11-storey Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre has risen in Shenton Way.
Located beside the Singapore Conference Hall, the centre's structure has been completed following 15 months of construction.
When it is ready in November, it will boast a 530-seater auditorium, 500-seater multi-purpose hall and 150-seater recital hall.
The centre, which opens officially next year, will also have a visual arts gallery, activity concourse and a 2,000 sq m roof terrace garden, which is suitable for private and corporate functions.
The building has a total floor area of about 15,100 sq m.
A topping-out ceremony officiated by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu was held at the building yesterday.
She said the centre will be an important platform to showcase and promote the Nanyang style of Chinese culture and art, as well as "cultivate a deeper understanding, broader appreciation and long-lasting love" for Chinese culture.
"Understanding our own cultural backgrounds can help us gain confidence as a people, facilitate communication among diverse races and build on our shared values," she added.
The Government is covering 90 per cent of the centre's construction costs. Almost $29 million has been pledged by individuals and groups like local clan associations and foundations for construction and other expenses.