Revelry turned quiet luxury at Riviere

/ EdgeProp Singapore
May 31, 2019 2:00 PM SGT

The site’s legacy, 300m river frontage, proximity to two MRT stations and design by SCDA Architects are expected to draw both investors and owner-occupiers

Hong Kong-born, Singapore-bred film director Elgin Ho met his wife at Zouk, when it was at Jiak Kim Street. It was during a Heineken Green Room event sometime in 2006-2007. Besides the artistes, there were activities that evening, including a face-painting counter.
Ho’s friends had made him get his face painted. “From the corner of my eye, I saw a girl laughing as my face was being painted,” recounts Ho. “I told her it was her turn next. After our faces were painted, they took our pictures and asked us for our email addresses. I asked for hers too.”
Such scenes of revelry will now be part of Jiak Kim Street's history as the former site of Zouk nightclub makes way for an upscale, mixed-use development with luxury residences (Credit: Bloomberg)
Meeting at Zouk was all the more memorable since he and his girlfriend-turned-wife didn’t go clubbing all that often. “We realised we had a lot of shared interests and we were even in campuses near each other: I was at NTU [Nanyang Technological University] then, and she was at NIE [National Institute of Education],” says Ho, who is now in his late 30s. The couple were married in 2012.
Dominic Lee remembers Zouk at Jiak Kim Street just as fondly, as it was a “rite of passage” for him and his friends. They would go to Balaclava for “Happy Hour” before proceeding to Velvet Underground at Zouk. “I remember first going there during my polytechnic days,” he reminisces. He met his girlfriend-turned-wife at Balaclava, but brought her to Zouk on “several dates” thereafter.

Catering to the ‘mass affluent’

Some 20 years later, Lee, the head of Prop-Nex’s luxury team, is marketing Rivière, the new luxury residential project located on Jiak Kim Street, where Zouk used to be.
The 455-unit Rivière by Singapore-listed property group Frasers Property, previewed over the weekend of May 25-26 and drew a crowd of about 1,000.