The Parliament House of Singapore
is a public building and cultural landmark and houses the Parliament of Singapore. It is located in the Civic District of the Downtown Core
within Singapore's central business district (the Central Area). Within its vicinity is Raffles Place
, which lies across it from the Singapore River
, and the Supreme Court's building across the road. The building was designed to represent a contemporary architectural expression of stateliness and authority. The prism-shaped top, designed by the late former president Ong Teng Cheong, was similarly a modernist take on the traditional dome.
The new Parliament House was designed by the Public Works Department.The building was built not only as a venue for parliamentary debates, but also a research centre and meeting place for the members of parliament (MPs), as well as a place of interest for students and the general public.
Also part of the new building are a 170-seat auditorium, a library, range of meeting and IT rooms and media facilities, a dining room, a 100-seat public cafeteria and even a gymnasium. Carparking is available below ground, leaving much valuable space above to include lush landscaping and a 2,770 square metre garden.