Bedok Sports and Recreation Centre is made up of several standalone structures built between 1981 to 1998 and spread out over a rather large space. It currently houses a stadium, gym, multi-purpose hall, a small outdoor fitness corner, a swimming complex and a building housing both the Singapore Sepak Takraw Federation and Singapore Silat Federation.
By the end of 2017, most of Bedok Sports and Recreation Centre would have relocated to an integrated hub at Bedok Central. Other than the stadium, the buildings you see in these images will likely not be around this time next year, as they relocate in phases. As it is, the swimming complex has already relocated on 31 July 2017, with the gym slated for relocation on 21 September 2017 and others to follow over the course of the next few months.
I am not exactly sure what is going to take its place here, but I know many, including myself, will miss the greenery, shade and cool breeze that this place offers.
At the end of this article, I have included a video that showcases all the images seen here, and added audio and some simple animation.
A multimedia slide show of the images you see above, with some additional animation not seen in still images. :)
Bedok Public Library
On 19 August 2017, Bedok Public Library will cease operations at its current location, and relocate to Bedok Integrated Hub, resuming operations on 28 October 2017. This building first opened its doors to the public in September 1985, and has served the population of Bedok since.
I met an acquaintance on one of the days that I was making images, and being retired, he comes here every other day. He mentions that he much prefers standalone complexes like these compared to those integrated hubs that seem to be all the rage in mature estates these days. Have to say I agree wholeheartedly. Each of these buildings, like Bedok Swimming Complex, served one purpose and did it well.
I am very sure this particular building holds fond memories for many who grew up in or around the area, probably reading their first book here, or maybe even a first meeting point for a date? Who knows?
31 July 2017 marks the last day Bedok Swimming Complex will operate from this current location after more than 3 decades.
I have lived in this area since the early-1990s, and the strong geometric shapes of the swimming complex's architecture is hard to miss. Passing by the place each and every time told me I was close to home.
On the afternoon of the 31st, a friend prompted me to check when the place would close. As luck would have it, the pool was scheduled to move to a new location from the very next day. The staff there were kind enough to let me go in and make images despite the place still being used by people.
Block 37 Circuit Road
These images are of Block 37 Circuit Road made over a 1-month period and 6 visits at various times of the day. I first came across this block when a friend of mine told me about them and that piqued my interest in the place. This block is relatively huge, made up of 1 long slab with 2 protruding extensions on either side, connected by walkways. There are a total of 16 storeys, and at least 14 of them are residential units. Each floor has 40 units.
Block 37 is the largest block in the whole of Circuit Road, and takes up the most space amongst all the other similar blocks
I will leave you with a quote from my friend that got me interested in photographing this block. "Block 37 play block catching will die, too tired."