Elegant Transformation of a Tong Lau |11 Upper Station Street, Hong Kong

I came across this rental property from the website of Nest Property, a boutique residential property consultancy specialising in finding unique, characterful and well-designed properties in Hong Kong.

This is 11 Upper Station Street, located at Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island. It is actually a 54 year old,  5-storey Tong Lau 唐樓 (Chinese Tenement Building) re-developed by Swedish boutique developer Helen Lindman into these chic rental units, comprising two duplexes and a top-floor suite.

I was instantly attracted to the elegant interiors. Once a dingy and dimly lit 6-storeys walked-up (scroll to the last to see the “before” picture), the building was renovated into this bright and stylish adobe, nodding to the Scandinavian aesthetic with a hint of oriental influences such as the asian-inspired wardrobe handle and the Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner. The exterior of the building was kept in black and white to preserved the originality of the old building.

Always love a good transformation of old buildings :)

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Macalister Mansion in Georgetown, Penang

Latest addition to my staycation wish-list – Macaslister Mansion.

Macalister Mansion is a quirky and sophisticated boutique hotel in Penang, Malaysia. Converted from 100 year old colonial mansion, it has the best of both worlds, where heritage architectural details of the building were preserved and enlivened with modern contemporary design touches. Just look at the restaurant in the hotel, a baby-blue stag and a baby-pink deer below a white leafy tree? I’m in love.

Oh yes, the hotel only has 8 guest rooms, and each of them is unique in its design and decorated with specially commissioned art works and installations from various artists. I’m definitely having a hard time picking my favourite :)

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| The Tiong Bahru Series | Pre-war Apartment with a Private Pool

This is a listing I found in Airbnb.

Having stayed at an Airbnb apartment in my recent trip to Paris, I was curious to find out what are the kind of listing available back in Singapore, and saw this stunning place.

It is a pre-war (cira 1930s) ground floor flat that is located at the Tiong Bahru Conservation Art Deco Estate.

The flat has an open plan living, deck and study area. Upon entering the flat, you will be greeted by a colorful Moroso hanging chair by Patricia Urquiola, and a pair of Moooi heracleum lamp. Oh, and have I mentioned that it also comes with a private plunge pool?

How cool is that?

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| The Tiong Bahru Series |

Pre-war architecture and heritage hawkers, along with quaint cafes and new eateries have made Tiong Bahru the much sought-after place to live and work in, a place-to-be for hipsters.

This is the neighborhood that your will find those charming pre-war and post-war flats that were built in the 1930s and 1940s. Their unique Art Deco architecture design is such a gem, and I keep wonder why HDB just don’t continue to build such flats for us in Singapore anymore?

In this series of posts, I will be sharing some of the prettiest renovated Tiong Bahru flats I’ve stumbled online. Hope you like it too!

If you are interested to explore more in-depth on the area, find out more from the National Heritage Board Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail.

| The Shophouse Series | Singapore – 145 Neil Road by Ong & Ong

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This is another conservation shophouse thoughtfully restored and redesigned by Ong & Ong.

While adding new spaces to the building, the designers took great effort to preserve and celebrate the traditional charm of Peranakan shophouses.

There are 2 courtyards in the building. The original courtyard with its original blue paintwork and folklore-inspired fresco forms the heart of the common areas, while a newer courtyard marks the transition from the old shophouse to its new extension.

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