Once home to an electricity substation, this 1926 building was rewired as Singapore’s first alternative arts and performance venue by maverick local playwright, theatre director and arts activist Kuo Pao Kun back in 1990 as part of the National Arts Council’s Arts Housing Scheme. Located in the civic district, The Substation’s 108-seat theatre hosts local bands and film screenings, while its gallery is indie-spirited and contemporary, celebrating the vibrant and confrontational work of young local talent. Access the rooftop or the basement (the latter via a ladder in a trap door) for installations and site-specific performances and expect to be entertained by a poetry reading or experimental dance at the on-site Timbre café. §