The Tower, when first discovered in 2001, had been abandoned for over 50 years. Most of the roofs and the floors had collapsed, trees were growing inside and thorns concealed the outer walls. However on first impression the structure was one with history, good stonework and the potential to create an architectural intervention of contrast in the same way as Carlo Scarpa had done at Verona.
There was no water or power in the tower.
The challenge had begun.
The architect, Christopher Chong began as a technician on Kenzo Tange's masterplan for the Singapore polytechnic. He then won a scholarship to work with Adolfo Natalini in Florence, before joining the Bartlet School of Architecture in London.
After graduating he worked with Armstrong Chipperfield Ass., Sir James Stirling on the Temasek project amongst others, and Lord Norman Foster on the Hong Kong, Chek Lap Kok airport.