Think Chinatown is just for the geriatric? Not so, with the explosion of trendy bars and restaurants in the neighbourhood. People’s Park Complex, which has been around since 1970, looks set to be The Next Happening Spot. Get yourself up to speed with these fun facts.
1. There’s a story behind its unique architecture.
When it was built, People’s Park Complex was regarded as an emblem of Asian Modernism. Inspired by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, who came up with concepts for collective social spaces, People’s Park Complex was brought to life by the Design Partnership and built by Low Keng Huat Construction. The shopping centre’s main atrium was a first for Singapore, and was in fact a concept pioneered by the Metabolist Movement of Japan in the 1960s.
When Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki visited the site during construction, he said: “But we theorised and you people are getting it built!” Apart from having a civic infrastructure, the design of the residential block is influenced by elements of the British Brutalist movement, which was very popular from the 1950s right up to the mid-1970s. As its name suggests, the Brutalist movement involves a lot of raw, exposed concrete for a rugged look and feel.
2. It once housed a wax museum!
Before there was Madame Tussauds, there was the Singapore House of Wax! Opened in 1974 at People’s Park Complex, the wax museum — believed to be the first of its kind in Southeast Asia — included literature’s most famous undead, Frankenstein’s Monster.
3. Singapore’s longest firecrackers was set off here.
On 15 January 2005, a new record was set when Singapore’s longest firecrackers (at 30 metres) were set off by PM Lee Hsien Loong at the start of the Chinese New Year celebrations, on the sixth floor of People’s Park Complex.
4. Singapore’s latest It venue is located on the rooftop carpark!
If you haven’t already heard, there is a new must-visit destination on the rooftop of People’s Park Complex. Lepark (a play on the Singlish term for “chilling out”) is a quirky F&B hangout sprawled out across 63, 000 square feet and serves up a range of tapas, craft beers, and often plays host to a mish-mash of local musicians.
On 22 August (Saturday), Go Away will be holding our first-ever event at Lepark (see below for details). Our event officially ends at 6pm but be sure to stick around for the groovy sounds of Joie Tan and DJ Syafii.
Joie Tan may only be 20 years old but the talented young musician is certainly going places – she traveled to Sydney last year to perform at a private show and has even performed alongside American Idol finalist Andrew Garcia. DJ Syafii has been performing for the past seven years and has spun the decks at places like BluJaz, Kyo, and Velvet Underground. For his performance this Saturday, Syafii says he plans to “revisit a more relaxed, melodic style of house music.”
Join us at our first-ever Go Away event!
In conjunction with Lepark and Volkswagen Singapore, Go Away will be organising our first-ever event – #DNAH (Don’t Nuah At Home). As the name suggests, we want you to get out of your homes and go discover just how happening Singapore really is! This campaign to discover Singapore with Go Away starts at Lepark. Come join us for an afternoon of beers and tapas! There will also be a craft beer appreciation workshop for the first 40 participants, a calligraphy workshop for the first 20 participants, and an Instagram contest where the most creative picture will drive a Volkswagen home for a weekend!
Date: 22 August, Saturday
Time: 3pm to 6pm
Venue: 1 Park Road, Level 6, People’s Park Complex
During the event, snap a picture with the Volkswagen parked at Lepark , hashtag it #DNAHxLepark and you will enjoy 10% off all food items and $6 draft beers!
For just $15, you get to sample 3 unique craft beers and explore which ones go best with your favourite local food. If you love beer and have always been curious about the art behind artisanal beers, this is the workshop you need to sign up for! To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, contact details, and number of seats you’ll like to register for. Seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so hurry!
Fancy letterforms and beautiful penmanship are trending like crazy on Instagram now, so who better to teach you the art of beautiful penmanship than popular freehand calligrapher Souldeelight? The 2.5-hour workshop is attractively priced at just $130 (Usual: upwards of $140).
Here’s what you’ll receive: nibs, pen holders, papers, souldeelight calligraphy guide, letter guide, and ink. This price also includes one complimentary bottle of beer from Lepark!
To register, email email@example.com with your name, contact details, the workshop you’ll like to register, and the total number of seats you’ll like to register for. Seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so hurry!
[UPDATE!] Sign up by this Thursday (20 August) and you’ll score awesome beauty samples from Kiehl’s! Walk-ins will be charged $5 more at the door and you won’t be able to receive these samples. Hurry and lock down your slots by this Thursday*!
*Payment to be made by Thursday.