Lo & Behold, A New Creative Enclave Is Set To Sprout In River Valley In 2024

Homegrown hospitality group Lo & Behold will transform the former Nan Chiau High School into a one-of-a-kind project that will house over 20 F&B and retail brands.
by Zawani Abdul Ghani
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Photo: Lo & Behold Group

In the past 18 years, The Lo & Behold Group has continually redefined Singapore’s urban landscape through its innovative projects. From Loof, a rooftop bar celebrating local culture, to Odette, a trailblazing fine dining establishment, and The Warehouse Hotel, a boutique portal to local culture, their ventures have been nothing short of remarkable.

Now, their latest endeavour, set to launch in the second half of 2024 at the former Nan Chiau High School site, is their most enterprising yet — a lifestyle development that houses some of Singapore’s most creative lifestyle names.

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Wee Teng Wen, managing partner of The Lo & Behold Group. (Photo: Rebecca Toh for Design Hotels – Made by Originals)

This unprecedented independent venture, undertaken jointly with Sunray Group Holdings, renowned for iconic constructions, marks Sunray’s inaugural entry into lifestyle property development. The project’s vision, as described by Wee Teng Wen, managing partner of The Lo & Behold Group, is to merge captivating architecture and creative enterprises, nurturing vibrant neighbourhoods with profound stories.

Spanning a vast 216,957 sq ft, this development will spotlight diverse talents, encompassing F&B, retail, wellness, entertainment, education, arts, culture, and an innovative 86-key serviced apartment concept. The curation emphasises unique concepts and a sense of community, stepping out of the box to foster entrepreneurial spirit.

Photo: Lo & Behold Group

More than 50 local and international brands will converge, each contributing a distinctive element to the collective tapestry. With an opening set for 2024, this pioneering project is poised to become a dynamic hub where creativity thrives, and progressive ideas that often challenge the norm are wholeheartedly embraced.

It features groundbreaking offerings such as Morning, the world’s inaugural speciality coffee capsule machine and marketplace. Further adding to the culinary diversity is a modern mezze and karak chai bar by the renowned local culinary figure, chef Bjorn Shen.

Additionally, The Grain Hall, a fresh concept from the creators of Grain Traders, Raw Kitchen and Bar, and Else Retreats, promises unique experiences. For retail brands, cult-favourite Beyond The Vines, Sojao, and Ginlee join the adventure, as will fitness and wellness studios Mobilus and Hideaway.

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Photo: Finbar Fallon

Presenting an innovative perspective, the development embraces a design-centric approach, harnessing the expertise of diverse sectors. This includes architecture by FARM, a progressive multidisciplinary studio known for experiential design; landscaping by renowned botanical design studio This Humid House; and a captivating playground by the award-winning specialist Playpoint.

With the development’s managing director Jesline Goh and creative consultant Sacha Leong of Nice Projects, the project enters an exciting phase. Balancing curiosity, playfulness, and architectural heritage, it extends the site’s purpose into an ever-evolving hub.

In a city that thrives on ingenuity, this pioneering endeavour promises to add a new chapter to Singapore’s creative narrative, reshaping the way we experience lifestyle destinations.

This story originally published on The Peak Singapore.

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