Located in Singapore, this transitional-type Peranakan shophouse was redesigned in 2013 by ONG&ONG.
Description by ONG&ONG Situated inside the conservation district, the Home at Neil Street celebrates the allure of the transitional-fashion Peranakan shophouse whereas creating delicate additions and alterations that function natural developments inside the shophouse’s perimeters. Akin to conventional shophouses, areas are structured in collection with courtyards between every area. The courtyards turn into focal constructive areas that negotiate the boundaries between the private and non-private in addition to the previous and new. The unique courtyard – with its preserved centerpiece of an ornate fish moulding – serves as the guts of the primary public area whereas the brand new courtyard acts as a pivotal level between the previous shophouse and its new extension. The shophouse partitions inform an analogous story of development from previous to new, with paintwork alongside the forecourt’s boundary partitions stripped and left unfinished, revealing layers of paintwork and the shophouse’s historical past. Uncovered brick partitions reveal previous bricks manufactured with native clay which are not in manufacturing. This creates a stark distinction when juxtaposed with the unique courtyard wall – its unique blue paintwork and folklore-impressed fresco restored to rejoice the shophouse’s Peranakan heritage. Different preservation efforts embrace the restoration of the façade; the unique pink cement flooring of the 5-foot method, dwelling and eating areas; the unique timber flooring and uncovered flooring joists of the higher ranges; and the terrazzo end for the loos, which highlights an age-previous craft that’s turning into a dying commerce in Singapore. Particulars comparable to toilet vanities accented with glazed Peranakan tiles, the previous iron most important gate and the “pintu pagar” (Malay for “door gate”) demarcating the main bedroom’s entrance additional enrich the genuine tonalities of the shophouse. With its mixing of previous and new parts, the Home at Neil Street not solely preserves a singular cultural heritage, it additionally acts as a storytelling gadget that narrates the histories of its previous and current occupants. Go to ONG&ONG