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Old Kallang Airport

The Kallang Airport or Aerodrome was first built as a civil international airport in Singapore in June 1937. It was then on the eastern shore of the Kallang Basin. It was facing the waterfront which meant that there was also anchorage for seaplanes. The airport played a vital role during WWII. By 1950, there were plans to expand, but due to space constraint here, the airport moved to Paya Lebar and the last plane landed at Kallang Airport in 1955. While most parts of the airport were demolished, the main hall still remain and is conserved. 

Old Kallang Airport

The Kallang Airport or Aerodrome was first built as a civil international airport in Singapore in June 1937. It was then on the eastern shore of the Kallang Basin. It was facing the waterfront which meant that there was also anchorage for seaplanes. The airport played a vital role during WWII. By 1950, there were plans to expand, but due to space constraint here, the airport moved to Paya Lebar and the last plane landed at Kallang Airport in 1955. While most parts of the airport were demolished, the main hall still remain and is conserved. 

comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Aug 2019, 00:33
I looks a little like a cruise ship, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: It does now that I think about it, Ray.
Je pensais bien que c'était un aéroport.
Ayush Basu: Not in use anymore, Martine.
What a great looking building, it seems a shame it cant be used for some other purpose.
Ayush Basu: I imagine it will be eventually put to some use although I have not discovered what, Frank.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Aug 2019, 06:49
Nice to know the building has survived Ayush
Ayush Basu: I hope they find a suitable use for it, that would make it harder for anyone to demolish it, Chris.
A fine 1930s building that I am pleased has survived
Ayush Basu: I imagine it will be eventually put to some use although I have not discovered what, Bill.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 27 Aug 2019, 08:01
Definitely has the 1930s look Ayush.
Ayush Basu: It reminds me of the buildings seen in the David Suchet/Hercule Poirot series, Chad.
It some how matches the newer high rises in the background, a wise decision not to knock it down, it is part of your countires history isn't it.
Ayush Basu: I imagine it will be eventually put to some use although I have not discovered what, Brian.
Is the whole building in loose?
Ayush Basu: There were other supporting buildings related to the airport that were pulled down, Mary. Only the main building is left.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 27 Aug 2019, 21:46
i don't think i've ever seen so many windows in one image
Ayush Basu: I think that amount of glass and windows is a more urban and modern thing, Sherri - I am not familiar with the architectural reasons behind.
An incredible building!
Ayush Basu: I do look upon it fondly every time I pass by, Elizabeth, despite never having seen it in action.
It actually looks like it would make a great hotel, Ayush!
Ayush Basu: You know what, I do wonder if the conservation authorities have thought about that, Ginnie!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Aug 2019, 06:29
They did a great job in conserving it, Ayush. I hope they still use it for something. It looks abandoned though.
Ayush Basu: It is abandoned indeed, Astrid. I imagine it will be eventually put to some use although I have not discovered what.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Aug 2019, 06:47
This has very much a feeling of art deco. Does it house other businesses now?
Ayush Basu: At the moment, no. But I guess the conservation authorities have not thought about it.
looks like a place where the Jetsons might have lived lol way cool shot!
Ayush Basu: I have not seen the series but I can loosely understand your intention, Elaine. Well, I think you are right and thank you for that comment smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Aug 2019, 12:19
All these buildings are piles of rectangles - the windows. Conserved - hopefully to do something with it.
Ayush Basu: That is quite a recurring feature of the new architecture, Louis. And in space hungry Singapore, vertical intensive construction is the way to go. I do hope the building will be put to use in a way that allows people to get a bit closer to it.
good skyline of the city Ayush... i'm glad that they kept the original the main hall has been conserved it is an attractive building....petersmile
Ayush Basu: I find it attractive too, Peter, and would like to get closer to it.

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