Ugh, ruddy internet! Sorry for the no show yesterday loves, our internet is down at home, am writing this from the yoga studio…
Anyhoo, so we were feeling a lot of love for Singers this weekend, and spent a good chunk of it oogling gorgeous shophouses. If we stay here long term I think le dream is to own one of these beauts one day, although it’s a pretty wildly unrealistic dream, ha. But then they’re the best type, no?!
So I thought today I would show y’all what I’m going on about, by sharing a couple of insanely gorgeous spaces I’ve come across lately, both pretty much down the road from our place.
So shophouses are the traditional style of architecture here, built by Chinese and Peranakan merchants waaay back when Singapore became the massive trading port it continues to be today. There’s not a lot of space in this little city, so the very skinny and deep terraced shophouses were the perfect solution: shop on the ground floor out front, house up top.
They were decorated in just gorgeous tiling, plasterwork, wooden shutters, stained glass etc. and after getting a bit old and crapped out over the past century or so they’re now getting a new lease on life as it’s become quite the thing to do to renovate these puppies.
So this one basically has a giant hole in the roof along its length to let in more light, which can be covered over with retractable canvases when it rains. Cool, huh?!
This dining table is incredible! In fact, think I need to go make friends with the owners, I quite fancy a closer look at the place…
Loving the spiral staircase! And this luxed up version of the traditional bathroom outhouse is pretty awesome too:
And next up is an insane wood/poured concrete/glass/EXPOSED BRICK beauty, that used to be a book shop back in the day.
They’re really hot on conservation here (unlike tear-it-all-down Hong Kong, ha), so you have to keep the front facade of the building exactly like it was built. I loooove though the juxtaposition this creates between the trad exterior and super contemporary interior – LOVE!
All the non-structural interior walls were removed to make the space flow better, and do you see the ceiling height???!
OH MY GAWD THAT BRICK!!! And the suar wood’s not bad either.
Not bad huh?! I shall continue to dream my dream I think…