Built in the 19th century as the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ), this Singapore complex was declared a national monument in 1990 and is now a high-profile multi-purpose centre in the city’s Downtown Core. Can you spot the historic spiral staircase? And did you notice the immaculate 2:1 ratio, with five arches in the ground-floor corridor supporting 10 long windows above, each bearing the same tapered design?
The splendour of the 19th-century Raffles Hotel, complete with ceiling fans, is reflected in the cover of a historic silver trolley. The trolley, and other silver items of great historic significance and value, were buried by quick-thinking staff in a hotel courtyard just before the Japanese Occupation of Singapore in World War II and retrieved, unblemished, after the Japanese forces surrendered to the Allies in 1945.
An ornate side gate leading from a side arcade into the landmark Raffles Hotel in Singapore. I deliberately lined up the potted palm in the distance to juxtapose metal and leaves, as well as straight lines and gentle curves.