Once a kampong filled with plantations and nurseries, Holland Village now boasts plenty of artisanal coffee shops and trendy restaurants and drinking spots, earning itself a reputation as one of Singapore’s hottest lifestyle destinations.
Over the years, the area has been developed extensively and is now home to three shopping malls: Raffles Holland V Mall, Holland Road Shopping Centre and Holland Piazza.
Looking ahead, it’ll continue to see new additions, such as a new mixed-use development, a community park and more pedestrian walkways, which will enhance an area that is already widely regarded as a successful enclave, but will not change its character.
While Holland Village seems to be an area that has it all, offering a wide variety of dining and lifestyle options, it is set for more buzz. The Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) draft Master Plan 2014 revealed that Holland Village will be further developed as an “identity node”, which means it will not lose the charm and ambience that entice so many visitors and residents.
A new extension adjacent to Holland Village, right behind Lorong Mambong, has been earmarked for a new mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented development that will add to the vibrancy of Holland Village as a great place to live, work and play. A new street, Holland Way, will also be created.
The 23,000 sq m new extension which will take up to seven years to complete, will add another 570 private residential units.
By expanding the area with more mixed-use developments, fine-grained intimate streets, public spaces, diverse retail and F&B offerings, local residents and visitors alike can enjoy and better appreciate the unique charm of Holland Village. A new road linking Holland Avenue to Holland Drive will also be built to provide access to a new underground parking station while diverting vehicular traffic away from the centre of Holland Village.