6 Iconic Rainbow Flats & Buildings of Singapore

Rainbow-themed buildings always make me smile, especially during the rainy season. So here’s a list of six iconic rainbow-themed buildings in Singapore that will hopefully bring some extra colour into your day! To quote Judy Garland: “Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue. And the dreams that you dare to dream, Really do come true.”

Block 316 Hougang Avenue 7
Amidst the nondescript and solid coloured HDB flats in Singapore, it is certainly not an common occurrence to witness a rainbow splashed across the front of a block. The cheerful looking rainbow usually brings a smile to anyone driving or walking past this block.

Block 609 Bedok Reservoir Road
Eunos Rainbow comprises of Blocks 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609 and 610 Bedok Reservoir Road. Perhaps the most signficant trademark of Eunos Rainbow is its “Rainbow Block” (Blk 609) with the unique rainbow paintings across the entire block.

Outram Park
There was a collection of rainbow coloured HDB Blocks in Outram park, not far from the MRT. They were demolished in 2003. They looked like packets of ‘fruit tingles’ at particular angles. Photo by John Larkin.

Rochor Centre
Standing out from the crowd is the rainbow flats at Rochor Centre. They never fail to brighten your day, too bad they are scheduled to be demolished to make way for the new North South Expressway in 2016. Be sure to visit and snap some shots of these colourful blocks before then! Address: 1 Rochor Road (S)180001.

The Old Hill Street Police Station
Fitting in with the theme, this amazing building has over 900 windows and shutters in shades of rainbow colours. This was the largest government building and regarded as a modern skyscraper at the time of its completion in 1934. Modern for its time, it already had electric lifts back in the 1930s. It is now the MICA Building. Address: 140 Hill Street (S)179369.

The Old Bukit Timah Fire Station
Built in 1956, Bukit Timah Fire Station was the fourth fire station in Singapore’s history. Its façade has not changed, looking just like it did when the station was initially built. It was one of the few stations that had flatted quarters for the firemen and their families. Each block is a painted a different colour of the rainbow and now house SPRUCE@Firestation, a chic dining concept following a complete overhaul of the colonial building. Photo by Samsul Adam. Address: 260 Upper Bukit Timah Road (S)588190.

Here’s a map of where these buildings are located. Feel free to drop me a message if you know of any more rainbow-themed buildings in Singapore and I’ll be happy to add them to the list!

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