Riviere: Robertson Quay’s new landmark

Having designed showflats for several upscale projects in the Robertson Quay precinct over the past 15 years, Singaporean interior designer Peter Tay has had a ringside seat to its transformation. With its historic warehouses along the meandering Singapore River, Robertson Quay has always had a special allure for both Singaporeans and expatriates.
“The conversion of the old warehouses for alternative lifestyle uses in the area makes it interesting,” says Tay.
Artist's impression of the upcoming 455-unit luxury residences at Riviere on the Jiak Kim Street site (Credit: Frasers Property)
The latest project in the Robertson Quay precinct that Tay was involved in is Rivière, for which he designed two of the showflats. The fact that it is located on the site of the former Zouk nightclub on Jiak Kim Street makes it “all the more exciting”, he adds.
Zouk had been located on Jiak Kim Street for 25 years before relocating to Clarke Quay in 2017 when its lease was up. “Zouk is globally renowned, and many people have fond memories of it,” says Ong Choon Fah, CEO of Edmund Tie & Co (ET&Co). For the past three consecutive years, Zouk was ranked among the top five of 100 clubs around the world by DJ Mag.
Another significance of Rivière’s site is that it was the last available Government Land Sales (GLS) site along that prime stretch of the Singapore River. That explains why the URA received 10 bids at the close of the tender for the 99-year leasehold site at the end of 2017.

‘Celebrating heritage’

Singapore-listed Frasers Property emerged the winner of the 145,120 sq ft, site at Jiak Kim Street in December 2017. It paid $955.4 million or $1,733 psf per plot ratio (ppr) for the land.
Frasers Property appointed acclaimed Singapore-based architect Chan Soo Khian, principal and design director of SCDA Architects, to design Rivière. Chan designed the $5 million sales gallery with a vaulted ceiling and clean, open white space – a contemporary interpretation of an old warehouse. He also designed the one- and two-bedroom showflats within the sales gallery. Meanwhile, Tay designed the showflats for the three- and four-bedroom units.
According to Elson Poo, Frasers Property’s senior vice president of sales and marketing...