A Writer’s Singapore Apartment Gets a Breezy Refresh

Architect Ling Hao allows the pad’s vintage details to sing.
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Fabian Ong

When writer Elwin Chan decided to move out of his family home in Serangoon North, a residential section of Singapore filled with high-rises, he was seeking a stronger sense of community and street life. He was drawn to Tiong Bahru, an area closer to the center of the city that features low-rise Art Deco and International Style blocks built in the 1930s and ’40s.

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