38 Oxley lookalike has soul of its own

733 Mountbatten Road became in 2008 the first residential property here to win a Unesco award for innovation for successfully adding floor space with a contemporary extension, while retaining and conserving the original building.
733 Mountbatten Road became in 2008 the first residential property here to win a Unesco award for innovation for successfully adding floor space with a contemporary extension, while retaining and conserving the original building.PHOTO: URA

Mountbatten house back in focus after comparison to Lee Kuan Yew's residence

In 1999, a man fell in love with a dilapidated bungalow at 733 Mountbatten Road.

Sitting on brick piers on soft marine clay, the house, which had not been occupied for almost a decade, had begun to sink. Its staircase railings were crumbling. Asbestos had infiltrated its ceiling panels.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 08, 2018, with the headline '38 Oxley lookalike has soul of its own'. Print Edition | Subscribe