Poolside luxury in a shophouse
FANCY a shophouse with a pond and upmarket furnishings, or one with a small swimming pool?
You might be able to visit such swanky shophouses in Geylang for community-building activities if the units are not rented out.
The Lorong 24A shophouse series is among the conserved buildings recognised at the Urban Redevelopment Authority's Architectural Heritage Awards held yesterday.
It was one of the four winners in the Historic Residential Districts and Secondary Settlement Areas category, which is for integrated old and new developments.
The Awards, started in 1995, honour owners, developers, creative professionals and contractors who exemplify the highest standards in conservation and have gone beyond what is necessary to restore heritage buildings.
The annual awards also promote public awareness and appreciation of quality restoration projects.
The designs for the eight shophouse units in Lorong 24A were each done by different architectural firms, including Atria Architects, Lekker Design, Liu and Wo Architects and Linghao Architects. So, each of the units has a different design and look.
This was done to introduce diversity and contrast in the relatively uniform facades of the row of shophouses, which are owned by Regality Holdings and two individuals.
The sole winner for the Awards' Historic Districts and Good Class Bungalow Areas category for national monuments and fully conserved buildings was the Hong San See Temple at 30 Mohamed Sultan Road.
The temple's restoration team had engaged local and overseas consultants. Craftsmen were also sourced from China for the project, which employed the traditional restoration technique of using saliva to clean parts of the temple.