Pearl Bank Apartments
Demolished in 2020
Once the tallest residential building in Singapore, the now-demolished Pearl Bank Apartments was immediately recognisable in the Outram skyline as it sat atop Pearl’s Hill. What made it so iconic was its peculiar horseshoe shape that was designed for efficiency where the cylindrical shape allowed for daylight, ventilation and panoramic views to all its units while the west-facing opening in the circular structure minimised direct entry of heat and light from the afternoon sun.
In 2019, residents had to vacate on a bittersweet note. While they noticed the building going into disrepair over the years, they had an emotional attachment to the unique architecture, making it hard to say goodbye. Perhaps you can say it had a brutal(ist) ending.