Singapore shophouse was bookstore, stripped down to its structure, becomes residence

Lucky-Shophouse-by-CHANG-Architects-3From Decoist writer Sherry Nottingham: "A couple in Singapore decided that they would try and bring back their childhood days by converting an old book shop in the historic Joo Chiat Place in Singapore.  With the help of CHANG Architects a careful restoration and renovation project was embarked on. "The building purchased by the couple was a book store called ‘Lucky Book Store’ and was originally built way back in 1920.  The idea of the owners was to convert the main structure of the book shop into a spacious dwelling area, while a single-story modern home would be constructed on an empty plot right behind the shop, and linking both these areas and surrounding the newly added home with a beautiful garden.

"The interiors of the book shop were made less congested by removing all the existing non-structural parts.  This created large and flowing spaces, while it also showcased the historic past of the edifice.  "  Full post with several images here.