How Mondrian's art came to heartland

Bold colour scheme for Teck Whye HDB blocks was top pick of most residents

Above: Madam Hasmah Misdawi and her granddaughter Nawra Balqis with one of the Vincent van Gogh-inspired paintings at the void deck of their Teck Whye block. Left: The HDB blocks in Teck Whye with a red, blue and yellow mosaic pattern, reminiscent of
The HDB blocks in Teck Whye with a red, blue and yellow mosaic pattern, reminiscent of abstract artist Piet Mondrian's works. The paint job was completed earlier this month.ST PHOTOS: DEREK WONG, ALVIN HO
Above: Madam Hasmah Misdawi and her granddaughter Nawra Balqis with one of the Vincent van Gogh-inspired paintings at the void deck of their Teck Whye block. Left: The HDB blocks in Teck Whye with a red, blue and yellow mosaic pattern, reminiscent of
Above: Madam Hasmah Misdawi and her granddaughter Nawra Balqis with one of the Vincent van Gogh-inspired paintings at the void deck of their Teck Whye block.ST PHOTOS: DEREK WONG, ALVIN HO

When it came time for residents in Teck Whye Avenue to choose a new colour for their HDB blocks last June, they were presented with three choices: a white and brown combination with a geometric pattern; a plain white scheme with purple and maroon highlights; and one quite unlike any other HDB design.

The third option was a red, blue and yellow mosaic reminiscent of famous abstract artist Piet Mondrian.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2018, with the headline 'How Mondrian's art came to heartland'. Print Edition | Subscribe