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2006 Awards Entries for Culture Heritage Conservation

Singapore

59 Blair Road
A typical late shophouse in the Blair Plain historic residential district, number 59, the last in a row on Blair Road, sits on an irregular trapezium-shaped site of 343 square meters.  Number 59 is exceptional because all its neighbours are part of a row of terrace units, whereas number 59 is recessed by about 6 meters and about 50 percent wider. The house was purchased at the end of 2004 and restored.  Prior to that had been unoccupied for many years and had therefore fallen into gross disrepair. The timber element of the whole house was totally ravaged by termites. The concept of the conservation was to retain the external fa├žade and restore it into its original glory. After surveying and photographing the whole building, the second stage was to brace the building with metal scaffold and shoring. The third stage was to salvage useable material, remove the timber platform and the roof, demolish the internal partitions and clear the site to prepare for piling, structural and restoration work.

 

 

733 Mountbatten Road
An example of the early bungalow, 733 Mountbatten Road represents a significant part of the heritage associated with post-World War I architecture in Singapore, with European influences fusing with vernacular traditions suited to the local tropical climatic conditions. Completed in 1929, the house was the pride of the Mr. Wong Lee Swee and his family who held the property for 69 years.  Over the years, the modernization of Singapore took its toll on the property which was left empty and depleted in the early 1990s. The main house was left for many years in neglect. In restoration, any imperfections discovered were preserved and deliberately left as they were rather than to restore than in perfect condition. The damaged balustrade was restored to its original condition. The linkage between the old house and the new extensions was purposefully done with a glass canopy so that the conserved old house looks untouched and remains as the central focus of the holistic planning of the old and new.

 

 

Tourism Academy @ Sentosa
The project sought to conserve four historical blocks (16, 17, 26 and 28) at Lankhill Road on Sentosa Island.  In 2002, the 2-storey buildings were found in derelict condition by the company appointed to this project.  After restoration, the buildings have been adapted to house a new Tourism Academy designed for occupation by at least 800 students and a total of 1000 persons on campus.