About MacDonald House at 40A Orchard Rd Office Building
Walking into 40A Orchard Road, clients are greeted with a historic building and monument MacDonald House. An iconic brick building along Orchard Road, a brief walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT. It’s an office space in the heart of town. SMU is steps away and Plaza Singapura, The Cathay is at your doorstep.
MacDonald House was constructed between 1948 and 1949 and named after Malcolm John MacDonald, who was Governor-General of Malaya. Offices currently occupy the building. The building was built in neo-Georgian style. It is a reinforced concrete frame structure and clad in light red brick with slight details, the last significant construction of its kind in Central Singapore.
It was the first fully air-conditioned building in Malaya. Besides the first banking hall, seven floors of staff apartments occupied the building. Open well runs through the buildings, providing natural light to the interior departments. There are six lanterns in the banking’s ceiling hall, which thus does not need artificial lighting during the day. The building reopened in April 2005 with a full load.
Mccann World group occupies the fifth to eighth floors while beauty / Spa operator, Expression international, occupies the top two floors. The flagship Orchard Road branch of Citibank Singapore opened on June 23, 2005, occupying 37,000 square feet (3,400 m2) of distribution space above the lower four floors of the building, which houses the most significant asset management centre in Asia.