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To appease the spirits, a Feng Shui master was consulted to oversee the design and reconstruction of the new building.
Completed in 1993, the architecture of the new building bears resemblance to Chinese offerings and a tomb; Tower A and Tower B represent the red candlesticks while the five flagpoles and fountain symbolizes joss sticks and wine. The curved frontage of Ngee Ann City was reportedly made to resemble the armchair-like design of traditional Teochew headstones.
However, this rumour has been debunked by Ngee Ann Kongsi, owner of Ngee Ann City, who claimed that the building was inspired by Western architecture infused with elements of Chinese character.
(Image credits: Ngee Ann Academy, Urban Redevelopment Authority)