When the City Hall was due to be demolished to make way for an art museum, there was a lot of excitement and speculation as to how beautiful the new building was going to be.
The project particularly had a large volume of reconstruction work using materials that can co-exist with the existing features. Therefore, it required firms who were experts in the field. The French architecture firm, StudioMilou, partnered with CPG Consultants to be the appointed architects for the rebuild of National Gallery. Located just opposite the Padang, this conservation project was slated to be one of the biggest architectural projects in 2015.
Beautiful, gorgeous and stunning were some of the various words used to describe the National Gallery when it first opened in November 2015. Ever since the gallery is filled with the crowd at special events. The luxurious marble floors, paired with high-end restaurants, the National Gallery can pass off as an extension to the 5-star hotel.
Interesting to see, how a historically significant place built for the people has transformed into a posh gallery space. Time and time again, we turn to starchitects to satisfy our need for pretty places to fill our Instagram feeds.
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