- Updated On:
- January 20, 2024
56 Smith Street Shophouse Space for Rent – Great Location
56 Smith Street, KRETA AYER CONSERVATION AREA commercial project situated within District 1, postal code Singapore 058961, Chinatown region, located in City Central region of Singapore.
Train stations nearest 56 Smith Street within walking distance are Chinatown MRT (NE4:DT19) Interchange, Maxwell MRT (TE18) and Telok Ayer MRT (DT18). Pertaining to places to eat, the hawker centers within walking distance of 56 Smith Street are Chinatown Market, People’s Park Food Centre and also Maxwell Food Centre.
Groceries and day-to-day essentials shopping is effortless living in the area with NTUC Fairprice (Chinatown Point), Cold Storage China Square along with Sheng Siong Supermarket (Chin Swee) inside the community. For shopping wise around the area , shopping centers like Pagoda House, Chinatown Heritage Centre along with People’s Park Complex are just around the corner.
This prime 2.5-storey shophouse is located within the heart of Chinatown. It is within walking distance to Chinatown MRT station. Smith Street was named after a British banker, Sir Cecil Clementi Smith, the first Municipal Treasurer of Singapore in the early 19th century.
In the early days, Smith Street was popularly referred to as “hei yuen kai” (theatre street) in Cantonese as a reference to the 834-seat Chinese theatre Lai Chun Yuen that used to be at 36 Smith Street. The theatre was built in 1887 and was popular among the Cantonese community in Chinatown for its Cantonese opera.
After World War II, street hawkers and traders selling household goods occupied the street. They were later relocated to Kreta Ayer Complex in 1983 after the building was completed.
Traditional Chinese opera was a major source of inspiration for the interior design of 56 Smith Street, a heritage shophouse that blends traditional elements with modern aesthetics. Inspired by Yip Yew Chong’s evocative mural on the subject, the design translates the art form’s visual aesthetics and cultural symbolism into modern details and materiality.
This design direction also guides the selection of beautiful white, red, and green marble finishes, complemented by antiqued brass embellishments. These materials pay tribute to the vibrancy, emotion, and historical elegance of opera performances.
The design of 56 Smith Street for Clifton Partners pays homage to a visual history of place and seeks to offer a unique spatial experience that celebrates Singapore’s rich cultural heritage.
Today, Smith Street is popular as a food street and a culinary destination. It is known for its diverse range of local and Chinese cuisine, making it a favorite spot for both locals and tourists to indulge.