This Week in Interior Design: 15 June 2015

The latest, most happening, and up-to-date news in interior design

Updated on June 09, 2017 9:06 am

Camille Besinga

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Interested in an HDB Terraced Home? This Is How Much It Costs Today

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$958,000.

That’s how much a two-storey, terraced “landed public home” in Jahan Bahagia in Whampoa fetched at a resale recently. It is just one of 258 such units in the area, which is located in Whampoa and Queenstown. They were built decades ago—specifically in 1972—under the Singapore Improvement Trust, HDB’s predecessor. 

The house measures 241 sqm., and the price in which it was sold works out to about $370 per square ft (PSF). In contrast, private landed homes have fetched to as much as $2,200 psf this year. Despite the costs, HDB terraced units are much sought after in the resale market. Just last March, a 280-sqm terraced unit in Jalan Ma’mor sold for $1.06 million. For more details, visit straitstimes.com.

LKY’s Estate Donates Furniture and Personal Belongings to National Heritage Board

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We may be seeing many of our beloved Lee Kuan Yew’s personal belongings in an exhibit soon. A statement issued last week revealed that the executors and trustees of Mr. Lee’s estate—which include his daughter Lee Wei Ling and son Lee Hsien Yang—have made a Deed of Gift of some furniture and personal effects from Mr. Lee’s property on 38 Oxley Road, where Mr. Lee resided. 

These included all furniture from the dining room, study room, items from the desk he worked on for many years, as well as some articles of clothing. These gifts are being prepared for a planned major public exhibition at the SG50 Tribute Gallery in August or September of this year.

Mr. Lee Hsien Yang has said, “We believe that these items would be of keen public interest and would serve as a very meaningful part of the exhibition. In accordance with our late father's last Will and Testament that his house at 38 Oxley Road be demolished, my sister and I, as the executors and trustees of the estate, believe it is only appropriate that some of his personal items of historic importance, that have been used by him at the house, be donated to the NHB for the people of Singapore who honoured him with their love and respect during our recent bereavement."

Check Out the World’s Largest Pivoting Windows in This Renovated Home

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To seamlessly merge all floors of this home in Antwerp with its picturesque outdoors, Belgian studio Sculp IT created two-storey twin glazings which act as both the house’s doors and windows. Impressive in size, weight, and sleekness, the world’s largest pivoting windows are nearly four tons heavy, are 20 feet tall, and open out towards the garden of the renovated house. The goal of the door-cum-windows was to provide natural light and beautiful views to all three floors of the building. The pair was fitted with customised insulated glass, and specifically engineered to pivot rather than hinge.

Cover photo courtesy of My Modern Met

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