Located at the junction of North Bridge Road and Stamford Road, the distinctive Capitol Building has long been one of City Hall’s landmarks.
After four years of renovation work, the historic structure from the 1930s has been restored to its former glory and is now part of Capitol Singapore, an integrated development.
Historic centre of attention
Originally designed by architectural firm Keys & Dowdeswell and commissioned by the Namazie family, the Neoclassical Capitol Building was completed in 1933, four years after the Capitol Theatre. The adjoining theatre dominated the Singapore movie scene for decades after it opened as the premier cinema in the country.
With its striking façade and portico facing the road junction, the building became the backdrop to one of Singapore’s most recognisable street corners. Its giant billboards emblazoned with posters of the latest movies screening at Capitol Theatre attracted the attention of pedestrians and motorists alike and became as much of a beloved landmark itself.
Today, the Capitol Theatre has become a venue for dance and theatrical productions, film screenings and red carpet movie premieres, with its original architectural details kept intact. It boasts an Art Deco entrance, a curved cantilevered canopy, a vaulted roof embellished with the 12 zodiac signs, as well as sculptures of winged horses and their riders flanking the stage.
Shopping and entertainment hub
Upon the redevelopment of Capitol Building, Capitol Theatre and the neighbouring Stamford House and Capitol Centre, this cluster of buildings is now known collectively as Capitol Singapore.
This integrated development houses a lifestyle, shopping and entertainment development that includes a retail arm, Capitol Piazza, an ultra-luxury hotel, The Patina, Capitol Singapore as well as luxury apartments, Eden Residences Capitol.
The former Capitol Building and Stamford House have been conserved and are now part of luxury shopping and lifestyle mall Capitol Piazza, which consists of three sections: Neue, Galleria and Arcade.
The former Capitol Centre is now the site of Neue, a four-storey building with stores of new-to-market fashion and beauty brands such as Japanese fashion label 45R and Finnish lifestyle brand Marimekko, along with multi-label boutiques Manifesto and Julie Nicole. The flagship stores of Singapore's top local designers such as MAX.TAN, SABRINAGOH and The Reckless Shop, can also be found here.
At Galleria, you’ll find a circle of bars, cafes and restaurants housed within an air-conditioned promenade that links the former Capitol Building, Capitol Theatre and Stamford House together. The Arcade ground floor section is home to street front boutiques such as Austrian jewellery brand FREYWILLE and hair salons like PREP Luxe and Truefitt & Hill.
An underground walkway within the Capitol Piazza shopping complex also gives pedestrians easy access to the mall from City Hall MRT station.