Not everyone can boast of living in a pre-war shophouse, so when the three-storey property near Robertson Quay was put up for sale a few years ago, the family immediately snapped it up.
While living in a conservation home has historic appeal, it also comes with some modern perks.
“The shophouse is part of a condominium project,” says the owner, who works in finance. “We liked the idea of living in a heritage home, but yet be able to enjoy facilities such as its pools, gym and BBQ pits.”
AT A GLANCE
Home: A three-storey pre-war shophouse near Robertson Quay
Size: 3,905 sq ft
Who lives here: A three-generation family of six
ID: Cube Associate Design
And unlike a condo, it has 3,905 sq ft of living space, enough to accommodate three generations.
But while the owner, his wife, their two kids, and his parents liked the idea of living in a house with architectural history, they also needed it to fit their modern lifestyle.
They called on Sarah Tham, design director at Cube Associate Design, to turn their home into a harmonious blend of old and new.
Sarah had her experience of turning shophouses into boutique hotels to fall back on for her first residential project of this kind.
It also helped that she is familiar with the tastes of her clients, having designed their previous two apartments. On top of that, they have been neighbours for the past 15 years.
“Sarah knows us well, and more importantly, how we live, so it was a natural choice to pick her to design the shophouse,” says the owner.