Conservation and adaptive reuse have been perennial buzzwords in Singapore’s urban-planning discourse. They entered common usage in recent years, thanks to big-scale public projects such as Victoria Theatre and National Gallery Singapore, involving big-name designers and architects. But the adaptive reuse of the city’s hundreds of smaller buildings and shophouses, though flying under the radar, is just as noteworthy and far more prevalent.
And now, with the arrival of our newest buzzword – staycation – Singaporean residents have a chance to appreciate these shophouses while being tourists in their hometown. Heritage Collection is a homegrown hospitality brand founded in 2011 with the aim to “marry the concepts of enterprise and conservation to deliver a unique experience that stands out from mainstream hotels,” says a spokesperson for the company.