09.2020 Singapore: enCity is thrilled to announce that our Singapore office has moved to a new home in one of the historical landmarks at the heart of the country’s business district – One Neil Road, better known as the Jinrikisha Station.
Our new office address is:
1 Neil Road #02-04
Our office phone number will remain the same at +65 6781 3405.
“We are excited about the new office as it offers us a unique location to study Singapore’s urban transformation from the past to the future, to be engaged in a critical conversation about city planning, and last but not least, to a larger and cozy space for our expansion” – Dzung Nguyen, Managing Director of enCity
Our new location features less than a 10-minute walk from both Outram Park and Tanjong Pagar MRT stations, proximity to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Center, major business venues of Singapore, and accessibility to various cultural and heritage sites.
One of the two entrances to One Neil Road building. Photo credit: enCity
Situated along the corner of Neil Road and Tanjong Pagar Road, the Jinrikisha Station is a striking architectural vestige from the height of Singapore’s bygone rickshaw era. Built-in 1903 under the former Municipal Commission and opened a year after, it served as the main depot for registering and inspecting rickshaws, which became the primary mode of transportation at that time due to its affordability and convenience. The ban on rickshaws after World War II caused the obsolescence of the building’s function, which has been repurposed ever since for medical and commercial activities. In 1987, the Jinrikisha Station was declared by the URA as part of the Tanjong Pagar Conservation Area and was one of the earliest buildings to be restored within the site.
The Jinrikisha Station featured in a 1911 postcard. Photo credit: National Archives of Singapore
With its rich history and prime location, our new Singapore office at One Neil Road is an exemplar of adaptive reuse in Singapore’s limited but fast-developing landscape. It’s distinct setting – transitioning between Chinatown and Tanjong Pagar – showcases how to strike a balance between competitive land-use demands in the CBD: commercial development vs. public housing complexes and heritage conservation.
Moving to this strategic and inspiring address reflects enCity’s commitment to heritage conservation, to a better understanding of urban transformation, and to provide great working environments for our team members.
References: Koh, Q. (2014, November 10). Jinrikisha Station. Retrieved from Singapore Infopedia: https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_485_2005-01-03.html