Through the decades, The Heeren has undergone several facelifts and upgradings in anticipation of customers’ needs.
The original 4-storey Heeren Building was designed by Keys and Dowdeswell, the renowned British architects, who also designed other Singapore landmarks such as Fullerton Building and Capitol Building.
The building, built in 1931 and owned by Chee Swee Cheng & Co Pte Ltd, was named after Heeren Street in Melaka, where the Chee Family ancestral home is located.
Together with the adjacent row of 2-storey shophouses, its neo-classical styled architecture became a landmark along Orchard Road with tenants in diverse businesses.
Over the decades, as Orchard Road evolved from being nutmeg and pepper plantation to become the place of business and entertainment in Singapore, Heeren Building too has metamorphosed into an iconic modern building on this well known street popular with both locals and tourists.
In 1992, Heeren Building was redeveloped into a 20-storey Grade A commercial property and relaunched as ‘The Heeren’.
In 1997, the retail podium officially opened as ‘The Heeren Shops’ shopping mall of about 100 shops with HMV and Marché Mövenpick as anchor tenants.
legacy of original landmark
Looking around, there lie representative memories of the old building imbued into the architectural design of the new modern building to remind us of the heritage of old dame that once stood here.
The symbolic torches once perched atop Heeren Building were retained as part of our History. They now mark the entrance to our Office Tower.
Iconic symbols of the original Heeren building are also captured in mosaic artwork embellishment dotting the walkway which links the office tower to the retail podium.
Evolving and Changing
Continuously striving to stay ahead in the ever dynamic retail scene and to satisfy the growing demands of discerning shoppers, major refurbishment works and facelifts for the retail podium were carried out through the decades. This injected new ideas and enhanced the overall shopping experience.
The original 4-storey Heeren Building designed by the renowned British architects Keys and Dowdeswell.
Opening of The Heeren, a 20-storey building comprising a retail podium and an office tower block.
Extension for Outdoor Refreshment Area and Urban Verandah, to bring the mall closer to the sidewalk and pedestrian.
2013 to Present
Underwent major refurbishment to transform the entire retail podium into a glass jewellery box showcasing the merchandise and activitives of a department store.