Porthos’ birthday party is a few days away so we made the obligatory trip to The Concourse at Beach Road. I wrote a post about this wonderful oasis of party supplies almost a year ago in the run-up to Porthos’ 4th birthday. It’s a wonderful hub of Christmas lights and music and decorations now, and we found everything that we needed there.
BUT… I was a little dismayed to learn that the Concourse is part of the en-bloc wave that is sweeping through Singapore, and all the tenants are required to move out by Feb 2008. The building is just barely 10 years old! And as it turns out, we are losing more than just a party supplies hub. This is a description I found on NLB’s Singapore Infopedia
[On Beach Road] there are buildings of world class architecture, “The Gateway” twin towers … designed by internationally renowned Chinese-American architect, I. M. Peh, was officially opened in April 1990; and “The Concourse” 41 storeys, designed by architect Paul Rudolph, officially opened on 13 January 1994. The Concourse, arguably Singapore’s most unique building, had its architectural building model on an “architecture exhibition tour” around the world, as an example of its pleasant, outstanding and unconventional building design.
Anyhow, for anyone who is interested, about 8 of the tenants will be moving to the 5th floor of Tekka Mall on Serangoon Road, and another cluster will be on the ground floor of ICB Building on Middle Road.
UPDATE on 14 May 2008 – I went to Tekka Mall today. Only 2 of the tenants sell toys and party supplies. The rest are home decor and plastic flora suppliers.