BEHIND THE VAULT
[quote align="center" color="#4d3100"] A reserve for all your senses. 2-storey bistro, lounge and art space in hip Chinatown.[/quote]
A former OCBC Bank premise opened during the 1930s, The Vault occupies a double-storey shophouse in the hip Chinatown enclave. Inspired by its history and colourful surrounds, The Vault’s interior is an edgy mix of industrial copper and steel filled up with vibrant and dynamic content.
A casual bistro downstairs and a high-ceilinged lounge upstairs, The Vault also makes space for art to thrive. Tuck into fresh hands-on foodfare from the bistro, making meals fun and approachable. At night, the lounge swings to life with prohibition-style cocktails, spirits and wines, and a rotating roster of artists making appearances and sparking delight.
AS A MATTER OF FACT
- The Vault is located at a double-storey shophouse that was formerly occupied by OCBC Bank, which was established in 1938. This South Bridge Road branch ceased operating sometime in 2001/2002. It was one of the two OCBC banks that opened in the 1930s. [Source: OCBC Bank, 2012]
- The bronze steel-reinforced concrete vault door is now the main door of The Vault. Security specialists were engaged in its removal and installation process. Some 10 workers were needed to remove and re-install it to The Vault’s main entrance.
- The Vault door weighs about 3 tonnes (3,000 kg)
- About 50 per cent of the original elements are retained at The Vault. These include the vault door; retro wrought-iron window grills; open-air balconies; a structural column on the first level that is the centrepiece of The Vault Bistro; brick walls; and the high ceiling.[/list]