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.
A 3.8m-deep diving pool in The NCO Club pays homage to its former Olympic-sized pool. ST PHOTOS: SONG TAO

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 'Mix of old and new'. Subscribe