Glory days are back for old mansion, shophouse row and club now sleekly revamped

The Straits Times checks out three old buildings given a new lease of life

A 3.8m-deep diving pool in The NCO Club pays homage to its former Olympic-sized pool. ST PHOTOS: SONG TAO
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The adaptive reuse of old buildings, such as the Warehouse Hotel - a former 19th-century godown - often results in buildings that marry new and old, retaining traditional architectural elements while sporting refreshed interiors.

At the same time, there are certain challenges - from limited know-how, on the part of building owners who have to maintain the site, to having to navigate Urban Redevelopment Authority conservation guidelines, in the case of restoring buildings that have conservation status.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2018, with the headline Glory days are back for old mansion, shophouse row and club now sleekly revamped. Subscribe