New Bahru | The Lo & Behold Group's First Lifestyle Destination And Creative Cluster Set To Open Its Doors From May 2024



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From new concepts and store expansions with a twist to brick-and-mortar ventures, there's bound to be something new (new) for everyone at New Bahru.

Location: 46 & 58 Kim Yam Road

New Bahru: Singapore's New Creative Cluster

Brought to you by The Lo & Behold Group and joint-venture partner Sunray Group Holdings, New Bahru, Singapore‚Äôs first creative cluster will soon be unveiled at 46 & 58 Kim Yam Road in River Valley. The name ‚ÄúNew Bahru‚ÄĚ (Bahru meaning ‚ÄúNew‚ÄĚ in Malay) reflects the project‚Äôs hopes of bringing together a new creative community and a nod to the very Singaporean penchant for repeating words for emphasis, for example, swee swee, play-play, jalan jalan.

The New Bahru promise is brought to life by the project‚Äôs curatorial approach which emphasises the uniqueness of concept and strength of community. The New Bahru community is comprised of change-makers in each field who have, in their own way, been relentlessly pushing the envelope. Working with a representation of leading design studios in Singapore like Hjgher, Wynk, and Parable, every brand embarks on its boldest challenge yet‚ÄĒsome pioneering new-to-market concepts, others adding a spin to traditional expansions or relocations with bolt-ons, and still others transforming their online ventures into brick-and-mortar experiences. Some examples include:

F&B

Artichoke

Artichoke, the new school mezze institution led by local culinary icon Bjorn Shen, has found its home at New Bahru. The relocation brings the addition of a karak chai bar and minimart.

√ĀTIPICO | Room #15

Culinary craftsmanship and genuine conviviality come together in √ĀTIPICO's first midtown outpost. Embark on a journey into ATIPICO‚Äôs universe of curiosities where the experience evolves along the day in an ever-changing and unique space.

Dearborn

Dearborn, of granola fame, launches its flagship store, featuring a microbakery, breakfast provision shop and all-day breakfast cafe.

Huevos River Valley

Smoky twin of the hottest Mexican joint in the country, Huevos River Valley will feature new dishes with a grilled and smoked riff that is flavoursome to the last bite.

Keirin Buck

A new concept by Keirin Buck, the chef behind Le Bon Funk.

Kotuwa

A gateway to Sri Lanka’s vibrant and generous dining culture, Kotuwa finds a home at New Bahru with a fresh look, a refreshed menu and the introduction of a full-fledged cocktail bar.

Mirko Febbrile

A new concept by the culinary mind behind Fico, a seaside Italian restaurant with a 2-month waitlist.

Odem

A new artisanal Makkoli restaurant & bar, Odem showcases craft brewers from various regions of Korea, alongside modern Korean dishes.

One Fattened Calf Burgers

Largely lauded as one of Singapore’s best burgers, featuring grass-fed beef patties and homemade potato buns.

One Prawn & Co

One Prawn & Co's second location presents a modern take on Asian seafood, featuring aged seafood specialties and wood fire grilling. Amid a relaxed yet refined ambience, guests can enjoy bold, quirky flavours that capture the essence of contemporary Asian dining.

PPP Coffee

The pioneers of Singapore’s specialty coffee scene introduce a new coffee concept featuring an omakase experience alongside an all-day dining menu and a pastry programme curated by Sandra Lee, known for her work at renowned local patisseries.

San Shu Gong chao yue

The Michelin-spotted Teo Chew institution delves into Cantonese cuisine with its second location. Expect new smoky signature dishes courtesy of the latest addition to its culinary arsenal: a woodfire charcoal grill.

The Coconut Club River Valley

The Coconut Club’s third venue showcases an expanded menu spotlighting more Singaporean favourites that celebrate the humble coconut. Keep your eyes peeled for an exciting neighbourly collaboration coming soon.

Retail

Beyond The Vines Design House

The multidisciplinary design studio, best known for its bold yet simple designs, will open its largest store in Singapore to date - the Beyond The Vines Design House, which will offer customisation services and special product lines.

Crafune

Homegrown leather-craft specialists, Crafune’s second store explores a new series of workshops that marry sustainability with artistry.

CS Fresh

Exceptional food experience for passionate foodies.

Curious Creatures

Designed for every day and every occasion, explore fine and demi-fine jewelry collections including viral permanent jewelry selections. Make every visit a unique one with curated brand collaborations and seasonal workshops.

MAKE by GINLEE

MAKE by GINLEE's new experience-based concept store continues its mission to close the loop of excess production, offering fashion and lifestyle products crafted on-demand to minimise waste alongside in-store workshops spanning from upcycling to 3D printing.

Morning

Morning opens its first physical store, creating a coffee destination for specialty capsule coffee from around the world. The new store offers a unique retail experience, designed for the community to experience the Morning brand and engage with the future of coffee through sampling sessions, workshops, and events.

OM

Ong Shunmugam's third store in Singapore, dedicated to its OM diffusion line designed for the tropics.

Omno

Omno, crafting luxury personal care under the moon's glow, invites you to an elevated, experiential journey at their flagship store.

r y e

r y e's flagship store at New Bahru embodies its ethos of contemporary, well-crafted everyday staples for women. It unveils a visionary interior concept, transforming the space into a sanctuary of carefully curated fashion, art, and objects.

soilboy

Dedicated to bridging the gap between people and nature, the Singapore-based plant design studio best known for its curated plants and handmade ceramics launches its first experience store. Look forward to innovative plant installations and immersive hands-on workshops set to inspire a sense of curiosity for the greener things in life.

SOJAO Home Goods Store

The local home goods brand has earned recognition for its 100% ethically made, certified organic cotton bedding. Its second physical outpost will focus on sustainability and community engagement through collaborations with other brands.

The Sea Apple Create Store

Sustainable children’s brand, Sea Apple launches its second store spotlighting a creative in-store customisation experience. Families will love the opportunity to co-design one-of-a-kind apparel, merchandise and personalised gifts.

Studio Yono

Studio Yono launches its first standalone store with an expanded collection of art and design objects meticulously curated from all over the world.

Woods in the Books

An independent homegrown bookstore established in 2009 that specialises in picture books and illustrated books.

Wellness

Hideaway

Hideaway is The Trapeze Group’s new wellness concept focused on healing and recovery. With massage treatments tailored for modern lifestyles alongside facilities such as a bathhouse with private and semi-private cold plunges and infrared saunas, Hideaway is the perfect oasis to reset the body and mind.

Mobilus New Bahru

The inclusive fitness community launches its first 24 hour outlet, which will include functional fitness classes for kids.

Off Duty Pilates

The boutique fitness studio’s fourth outpost offers a new class format for you to experience Pilates with the introduction of Reformer and Pilates Chair classes.

SuRge

Redefining personal training by empowering every body, SuRge unveils its flagship gym.

Edutainment

Chalk N Pencils

A fine art studio based in Singapore that celebrates individuality over uniformity. Get creative with the little ones at Chalk N Pencils’ second location with new family painting classes where toddlers are welcomed too.

Kiztopia Prestige 

An exhilarating haven for young adventurers, Kiztopia Prestige dazzles with immersive role-play rooms and workshops for the little ones. Here, holistic development takes centre stage with a diverse range of soft play concepts and regular programmes tailored for children aged 4 and below.

The Orange Tree Preschool

The bilingual infant care and childcare centre launches its second outlet, featuring a gourmet lab to introduce young minds to the world of food science.

Thrive

Thrive, an after-school sanctuary by Julia Gabriel Education will open its new flagship centre at New Bahru. Enrichment programmes in both English and Mandarin will also be made available.

Hospitality

Alma House

Photo Credits: The Lo & Behold Group

Taking up residence alongside the food & beverage, retail, wellness, enrichment and craft brands is Alma House, a new-to-market 83-key serviced apartment. The Latin name takes its cue from alma mater, paying homage to the historic grounds of the former school that it occupies. Designed by FARM, the same architects behind the rejuvenation of New Bahru, the interior design draws from the former school’s heritage and its bold modernist architecture to weave together old-world charm and modern comforts.

The guest experience will extend beyond the room to give travellers a glimpse of Singapore’s creative talent. In-room amenities and dining, along with wellness experiences, will be available through packages and special collaborations, courtesy of its neighbours in the New Bahru community. Alma House and Castlery will also be embarking on a first-of-its-kind partnership, where selected pieces from the homegrown furniture brand will be integrated into the rooms as well as the lobby lounge (a.k.a. The Living Room) which will be periodically refreshed to allow guests to experience their latest seasonal collections.

Spaces For Pop-Up Programming & Events

As an ever-evolving destination for those with a curious mind, the development strives to offer something new to discover, taste, see or do. Iconic areas across the space have been carved out for pop-up programming and events. These include the Lawn which comes complete with a playground in partnership with Oatside and landscaping by botanical design studio, This Humid House, to the Factory on the first floor of an old garment factory and the School Hall which harkens back to a time when it was the nucleus of activity for Nan Chiau High School.

New Bahru Open House

Date: 22 to 23 Jun 2024

As the community settles into the former school, visitors can look forward to the New Bahru Open House on 22 and 23 June 2024. The two-day event is jointly organised by the cultural advocates at PPURPOSE, an agency dedicated to breathing purpose and life into spaces, communities and experiences. Feed your curiosity with Saturday’s thought-provoking installations, workshops, talks, and activities. Then, Sunday promises endless fun for all ages with vibrant and family-friendly programming.

GREEN-HOUSE 2024

Beyond the Open House, New Bahru will see an exciting line-up of pop-ups, activations and events sprouting on the transformed grounds, including the biggest edition of GREEN-HOUSE 2024, Singapore’s first and largest immersive retail experience for local sustainable home and lifestyle brands.



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This article is prepared by

Leona Quek
Blessed with 3 handsome and loving boys in her life. Two of them call her Mommy, the other calls her Wifey. Every night, she wishes for an early bedtime, but misses her babies as soon as they sleep.

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