Built in the 1960s…
I can’t help but drool over this cool, Industrial loft space in Joo Chiat.
Open plan. 1-bedroom + yard. 1087sf.
The transition from the outside of the building to what have been created within is just amazing.
You’d never expect what awaits you when you walk through the front door.
It was originally a workers' quarters in a shabby state, it has now been converted into this loft space that gives a perfect definition of industrial:- high ceilings, metal framed windows and doors, exposed pipes, raw concrete beams, cement floor, use of reclaimed materials like wood for apt features and decor.
The apt’s flow is as open as it can be with only sliding metal-framed glass doors and blinds providing privacy for the only bedroom. To maintain the open feel, exposed closet space is created using galvanized water pipes. The water pipes that run alongside the bed under the windows are actually book shelves.
The apt’s centerpiece has to be the web of wicker lamp shades and bare bulbs above the dining space. The dining table and benches, made of recycled wood and water pipes, accentuated the industrial loft feel.
The kitchen floor is stylishly tiled. Added an interesting touch to the otherwise dull cement floor.
Recycled teak from old fishing boats were used in the kitchen as shelving units. Unlike in conventional homes where copper pipes for water are hidden away or concealed and shiny taps are used, this loft has in place exposed copper pipes and industrial faucets.
To keep the industrial space from looking and feeling too cold, wood furniture pieces and fittings, potted plants and the green turf at the yard were added.
Living in a space like this is like living in a page out of history. It’s something different in the way of living space and environment, in a city where there is a vast number of boxy, largely interchangeable modern apts.
The area, needless to say, is interesting and is fast becoming one of the favourite neighborhoods. Going around by foot or on a bicycle, exploring and taking in the different cultural experiences…
The East Coast Beach is not too far away.
Bus #33 just downstairs to Bugis and Chinatown. #16 on Dunman Rd 5mins' walk away that goes to City Hall and Orchard Rd. Both buses take you to the Dakota train station which is 2 -3 stops away.
A freehold walk-up in a building under conservation.