Cairnhill Arts Centre

126 Cairnhill Road Singapore 229707 Get Directions

1 loved this Place

ONE-TWO-SIX Cairnhill Arts Centre

The three-storey high building incorporated elements of Chinese architecture such as the upturned eaves and the use of geometrical motifs on beams and wall surfaces. The building was designed by Swan & Maclaren, a prominent architectural firm in Singapore for the Anglo Chinese School (ACS) which occupied the site from 1928 to 1950. It contained 13 classrooms staffroom, a 500-seater hall and a science laboratory. 

After ACS relocated to Barker Road, the building was used as the Teacher's Training College, the Vocational Instructor Training Centre, the headquarters for the Adult Education Board and then as the Centre for Music and Dance for the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. The site underwent restoration in 1993 before re-opening as the Cairnhill Art Centre. Current tenants include drama school Act 3 International, and theatre company The Finger Players.


We would love to hear your stories

Share your stories and pictures with us! Help enrich our collective knowledge of significant places which Singaporeans have studied, worked and visited before.


Buildings and sites featured on Roots.SG are part of our efforts to raise the awareness of our heritage. A listing on the Roots.SG does not imply any form of preservation or conservation status, unless it is mentioned in the write-ups.