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History meets modernity

Inter-terraced house in Joo Chiat pays tribute to the neighbourhood's heritage

The atrium's standout feature is a screen of concrete vent blocks that stretches from the second to the third storey. Its design was inspired by the facade of a block of old walk-ups in the Joo Chiat area.
The atrium's standout feature is a screen of concrete vent blocks that stretches from the second to the third storey. Its design was inspired by the facade of a block of old walk-ups in the Joo Chiat area.PHOTOS: SPH MAGAZINES; ART DIRECTION: NONIE CHEN
Having a proper front garden was a priority for the owners, as seen in this path to the main entrance.
Having a proper front garden was a priority for the owners, as seen in this path to the main entrance.PHOTOS: SPH MAGAZINES; ART DIRECTION: NONIE CHEN

When Mr Ng Sier Han and his wife Jasmine Soh found this 3,460 sq ft inter-terraced house in Joo Chiat, it was in its original 1970s condition - from the exterior and the light fittings to the fans and grilles.

The mid-century architecture appealed to the couple, who wanted to retain as much of the original style as possible.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 12, 2021, with the headline 'History meets modernity'. Subscribe