Melting tradition with trends
The NCO Club has a storied past that lends it its charm, ever-present in a decades-old metamorphosis.
The rich heritage of The NCO Club can be traced back to 17 December 1952, when it was officially launched as the NAAFI Britannia Club and served as a social amenity for non-commissioned officers and their families.
In 2002, The NCO Club was then gazetted along with Blocks 1, 9 and 14 of the Beach Road Camp for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), and became one of the first modern architectural heritage buildings to be conserved in Singapore.
A symbol of prestige and exclusivity, the illustrious building, designed by Shanghai-based British firm Palmer & Turner, is a post-war Modernist structure that remains one of the more intact examples of modernist architectural language - a counterpoint to late Victorian styles.
The conservation of The NCO Club was hugely successful, reflected by the historic modern finishes that remain intact. Some key examples include terracotta tiling and the presence of Travertino Romano marble on the external facade, as well as mosaic tiling on the verandah steps on the first floor.
Today, it has become the quintessential lifestyle destination in Singapore, housing four distinct culinary concepts: Cool Cats, Fish Pool, Madame Fan and Stags' Room.