Singapore Tropicana, Queensway Cinema and Bowling
Project by Stefan Landoy
Preceding Outlaw: Queensway Cinema and Bowling
Queensway Cinema and Bowling was opened in 1976. It was situated in the heart of the Queenstown Estate and contained two cinemas, eighteen bowling lanes, as well as the Palace Cafe and KFC. The architect Chee Soon Wah was inspired by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The similarities can be seen in the overall geometry of the building and the facade material that initially consisted of exposed brick. At a later stage the facade was painted in light pastel colours that changed the overall expression. The buildings interior consist of a set of large interior spaces separated by smaller rooms. These rooms can be seen in the external geometry of the building. smaller geometric features are added on to the big volumes. In the end of the 1990s the building was abandoned and it has not been in use for the last twenty years. Queensway Cinema and Bowling was finally demolished in summer 2013.