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Luxury Homes: A walk-up apartment with an industrial edge and speakeasy vibes

The pre-war Tiong Bahru apartment has been designed for a family that loves entertaining.

When JP and Daniel clapped eyes on the pre-war apartment in Tiong Bahru, it was love at first sight. They visited it almost every day before they moved in. “I would come in here and just sit and visualise the place,” laughs JP, a 37-year-old financial planner.

Today, the walk-up is home to him, partner Daniel, their 13-year-old chihuahua Clover and JP’s parents. And, much like the hip bars in the neighbourhood, it is a dimly-lit, welcoming place that’s a blend of industrial edge and vintage speakeasy, with nods to their Singaporean heritage. A tricky mix for sure but they pulled it off beautifully, thanks to working closely with Desmond Chew and Serene Tan of Three-D Conceptwerke.

  • Pre-war Tiong Bahru Walk-up Apartment

    Of course, this has had friends and family members mistaking their place for a bar a few times. “I’ve had people coming up for a party and wondering if this was the right bar,” says JP. Beyond that, it hasn’t been much of a bother as they love to entertain. Needless to say, having a large space for hosting gatherings was high on their list of priorities.

Photography Veronica Tay

This article was originally published in Home & Decor.

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