This Gorgeously Revamped Neoclassical Library Exists In Singapore In The Unlikeliest Of Places

This Gorgeously Revamped Neoclassical Library Exists In Singapore In The Unlikeliest Of Places

Lifestyle
By Rachel on 09 Feb 2021
Senior Digital Editor

Scrolling through the digital pages of an e-book is becoming the norm, but true bookworms will know that real joy is found when holding an actual, physical book in your hands. And of course, there’s no better place to leaf through a good paperback at a library, where there’s ultimate peace and quiet - along with a sizeable collection of even more stories to indulge in.

Recently, a newly-revamped library in Bukit Timah, Singapore, has gained attention for its Neoclassical design. No, it’s not one of the public National Library Board (NLB) libraries - it’s Hwa Chong Institution’s school library, and it’s absolutely gorgeous.

P.S.: Check out our article on the grandest library in Singapore with “Beauty and the Beast” vibes!

Read on to find out more about Hwa Chong Institution’s library!

Hwa Chong library Singapore
Photo from Sim Heng Ee / @he.sim

Hwa Chong Institution’s 2-storey Lee Kong Chian library sports Neoclassical interiors, with a modern touch. Its most iconic feature is its staircase, which splits into 2 pathways as it reaches the top. 

Hwa Chong library Singapore
Photo from Sim Heng Ee / @he.sim

Vines hang from the balcony, while chandelier lamps decorate the ceiling. Not that they’d need to be switched on much during the day, for the circular feature window and rooftop skylights already let a good amount of light in.

Hwa Chong library Singapore
Photo from Sim Heng Ee / @he.sim

Despite the semi-rustic look of the library, it is by no means old-fashioned. Other than shelves stacked high with books, it also has virtual resources to aid in students’ learning.

Hwa Chong library Singapore
Photo from Sim Heng Ee / @he.sim

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There are also conducive study corners, as well as spaces for project work meetings and other student activities.

Hwa Chong library Singapore
Photo from Sim Heng Ee / @he.sim

Some of the study desks even come with individual lamps, and power sockets for charging of devices! If only we had such wonderful facilities back in our school days.

Hwa Chong library Singapore
Photo from Sim Heng Ee / @he.sim

You probably can’t just waltz in as a member of the public, but if you’re an alumnus of Hwa Chong Institution, you should be able to pop in and pay a visit - and perhaps meet some of your old teachers too!

Hwa Chong library Singapore
Photo from Sim Heng Ee / @he.sim

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