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Orchard Boulevard

  1. From Orchard Boulevard
    • Doorstep to TE13 Line: Orchard Boulevard
    • Walk to Orchard Shopping District
    • Heart of Cuscaden
    • Directly connected to
      • Holland Napier
      • Grange
      • Scotts
      • Rivervalley
      • Tanglin
      • Nassim
  1. From Orchard Boulevard MRT
    • 1 stop to Orchard MRT
    • 2 stops to Great World MRT
    • 6 stops to Shenton Way MRT
Boulevard 88 Land Parcel
Boulevard 88 - Surrounding Area

Vicinity of Boulevard 88

Tanglin Neighborhood in its Past

The neighbourhood at the vicinity of Tanglin Road received its official name from Mr William (Napier), located in this area on 26.8 hectares of undulating terrain.

After Sir Stamford Raffles’s successful allotment in the year of 1822, the Chinese, but primarily of the descendants of Teochews, ventured bravely out of the Chinese dominated area of Chinatown and colonised Tanglin area, which was infested with tigers. The settlers grew spices such as sireh, pepper, nutmeg and gambier. After the Chinese settled, and years later gradually arrived settlers from Europe, mainly Scotsmen, who started their spice plantations in the same area and built then colonial style bungalows and open face villas on the hills of the estate – one of the reasons of colonial style bungalows still evident in Singapore.

A quirky feature of Tanglin is its many pasts, thereby giving birth to Scottish names as such — Balmoral (which was named after Queen Victoria’s favourite residence back home in Scotland), Edinburgh (after the Duke of Edinburgh, who visited Singapore in 1869), Claymore (distinctively a mansion privately owned by Captain Scott, the harbour master), Tyersall, Cluny and Scott.

In history’s records, Napier Road led to William Napier’s Tyersall named house, called the familiar sounding “Tang Leng” in mother-tongue Chinese, which was constructed in the year of 1855. “Tang Leng” was very likely named after the Chinese name “twa tang leng”, which means “great east hill peaks” in a direct translation sense, a reference loosely to the several hills in the area:

Photo: Lianhe Wanbao

Boulevard 88 near Tanglin Orchard

Orchard Planning Area

There are strict Urban Design Guidelines for developments within Orchard Planning Area.

As Singapore’s premier shopping belt and a well-known international location, Orchard Road is currently also a very vibrant and exciting street lined with all kinds of shopping malls, upscale and boutique hotels, and a wide range of mouth-watering food and beverage options. The grand tropical boulevard running through the district has long been a people magnet to all countries and races, always bustling with vibrant street life across all time of the day and night.

A set of guidelines aims to guide the physical development of the Orchard planning area to ensure that individual buildings contribute to, and strengthen the planning vision for the area and create an attractive and pedestrian-friendly physical environment. Gazetted monuments and conserved buildings are subject to specific conservation guidelines, which will take precedence over the guidelines.

Boulevard 88 near Ion Orchard
URA Guidelines @ Orchard

Below is an overview from the URA Guidelines:

  1. Broad Positioning
    • A generous tree-lined pedestrian mall runs through the district, connecting major developments, public open spaces and MRT stations. The Urban Design guidelines for Orchard Planning Area aim to achieve: a) A Walkable and Pedestrian-Friendly District By ensuring seamless, all-weather connectivity and accessibility between developments and the MRT stations; and b) An Attractive and Vibrant Streetscape By encouraging innovative design, varied building forms, public spaces and various active uses along the Orchard Road pedestrian mall.
  2. Building Form and Massing
    • The overall building form and massing of individual buildings is to consider how the building will be viewed as well as impact views from major approaches, key open spaces, and the pedestrian mall. The design of the building form and massing, together with the architectural treatment, is to consider the scale, form and architectural expression of the surrounding buildings, and be designed to create engaging and varied shopfronts along the pedestrian mall.
  3. Building Setback and Building Edge
    • Orchard Road has a signature image of a wide tropical boulevard flanked by trees and buildings that reinforce and define the street by relating to a common building set-back line. Developments along Orchard Road and Scotts Road are to be set back up to 7.6m or 11.6m from the line of Road Reserve. This is to safeguard the generous pedestrian malls on both sides of the street, which have become vibrant staging grounds for outdoor refreshment areas, activities and events. In order to maintain the well-defined urban streetscape, these buildings are also to be built up to the 7.6m /11.6 m building setback line. Up to 40% of the building façade length can be set back further from the building setback line for the articulation of the building form, so that a variety of spaces, as well as interesting building fronts, can be created.
  4. Public Space
    • These public spaces are to be designed to be conducive for the staging of events, be well-integrated with adjacent open and covered walkways, and are to be publicly accessible at all times. Where required, vertical pedestrian circulation points to the underground and elevated pedestrian networks are to be designed to be well-integrated with and easily accessible from these public spaces.

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Photo: ST Caroline Chia

Boulevard 88 Orchard URA Planning

South Beach Avenue

Welcome to the home of the heritage, experience boundless entertainment options right in the heart of the city. South Beach Avenue spans 32,000 sqft located within the basement, street level and conservation heritage buildings, South Beach Avenue has attracted many crowds from the Civic District. With direct connections to Esplanade MRT station and City Hall MRT interchange, all of us can now seamlessly enjoy convenient access to dining establishments and drinking experiences in South Beach Avenues’ expansive and generous spaces and exquisite.

Relax with your friends and colleagues in comfort like in a nature-like environment. The high-tech microclimatic canopy provides shelter to all within, and also intelligent eco-systems helps draws in air currents to keep temperatures comfortable and regulated. With this mix of dining, retail and entertainment options, the dynamic is an understatement. South Beach Avenue is now one of the latest and boldest lifestyle destinations to draw the crowds and creates a new experience in a lively area!

Boulevard 88 - Swimming Pool

Food, Entertainment and Shopping Centre

  • T Galleria by DFS
  • ION Orchard – ION Orchard opened on 21 July 2009 and houses six double-storey flagship stores of close to 9,000 square feet (840 m2) each
  • Ngee Ann City – The shopping centre opened in 1993 and is the largest in the Orchard Road shopping belt.
  • Wisma Atria – Opened in 1986, it has since undergone construction replacing its trademark blue facade with a glass facade..
  • Plaza Singapura – Located next to the Istana. It was revamped thrice, in 1998, 2003 and 2012 with the former being a total revamp.
  • Lucky Plaza – A shopping complex that somehow became the main focal point for domestic Filipino workers to meet their friends during their off days.
  • Far East Plaza – Popular with students due to its cheap fashion items as well as inexpensive food, the plaza is also known for its cheap food outlets. The shopping complex has since undergone renovation.
  • Mandarin Gallery
  • Cathay Cineleisure Orchard – a cinema in Singapore, in addition there is a 7-Eleven and a food court there.
  • Orchard Central – Singapore’s first and tallest vertical shopping complex, which replaced the former carpark and opened on 2 July 2009.
  • Orchard Gateway
  • Orchard Plaza
  • Orchard Point – Before being home to local department store OG, the complex used to have art galleries.
  • Orchard Towers – A shopping centre consisting of twin blocks with small shops and nightclubs as well as a reputation for promiscuous activity after-hours.
  • The Paragon – The Paragon is a high-end shopping centre selling branded items such as Gucci (whose flagship store operates here), as well as Miu Miu, Prada, Coach
  • Tang Plaza – Tang Plaza is where the homegrown department store, Tangs, is located.
  • The Centrepoint – The shopping centre underwent renovation and built a new extension in 2007.
  • The Heeren Shops – this shopping complex targets fashionable, young, working age shoppers. It is also popular amongst teenagers, and has a variety of niche shops
  • Forum The Shopping Mall – Forum sells mainly branded children’s clothes and accessories with a Toys “R” Us on the third floor
  • Shaw House and Centre – Shaw House is home to the Isetan department store, and on the fifth and sixth floors the one of the largest cinema halls in Singapore, Lido 8 Cineplex, resides.
  • Hilton Singapore – Located inside the hotel itself, the Hilton Shopping Gallery houses branded boutiques
  • Palais Renaissance – Palais Renaissance was completed in 1993 and mainly houses upmarket branded boutiques
  • Liat Towers
  • 313@Somerset —313@somerset is one of the first major fully integrated retail developments undertaken by Lend Lease in Asia. It is a significant milestone for the Lend Lease Group as it marks its first green field development in Asia and its first development in Singapore’s premier shopping street – Orchard Road. Houses Singapore’s largest Forever 21 and Zara retail store and a HMV which moved from The Heeren. There are also a food court, “Food Republic” situated on the 5th Floor of 313@Somerset.
  • Wheelock Place – It has a large Marks and Spencer outlet in the basement, as well as several other retailers, cafes and restaurants on other floors
Orchard Area Collage
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