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NHB launches research on Singapore’s iconic lookout towers

As part of efforts to document Singapore's built heritage, the National Heritage Board (NHB) has embarked on research on four of the most iconic lookout towers in Singapore.

SINGAPORE: As part of efforts to document Singapore's built heritage, the National Heritage Board (NHB) has embarked on research on four of the most iconic lookout towers in Singapore.

From a rocket-shaped tower in Upper Seletar Reservoir to the "futuristic spiral tower" at Jurong Hill, it is hoped the project will provide a better understanding of the towers' architectural and historical significance.

The towers were built in the 1960s and 1970s.

Two other towers being documented are the seven-tiered Chinese Garden Pagoda and the Toa Payoh Town Gardens lookout tower.

NHB said the lookout towers were then built as observation decks to view Singapore's rapid infrastructure growth and landscape changes in the areas of housing, industrial development and recreation.

As part of efforts to raise awareness, NHB will conduct a public talk about the lookout towers at the National Museum on March 1.

It will also be launching virtual tours and sharing its research findings on all four lookout towers on its website on the same day. 

NHB is also calling for the public to submit their photos of the towers.

Alvin Tan, group director of policy at NHB, said: "We found out that through archival images, there's a scarcity of images of the lookout towers, especially the views taken on top of these lookout towers.

"So we hope Singaporeans did take these photos when they visited these lookout towers in the past, and are willing to share these photographs with us."

The lookout towers have been visited by many dignitaries and royalty from around the world.

One of the most notable guests at the Jurong Hill lookout tower was Queen Elizabeth II.

She was hosted at the upper deck, which was also a function room. At the time, the space was glassed up and even air-conditioned.

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