Exploring: Joo Chiat’s Architecture (Part I of 2)

Joo Chiat is one of the most charming areas in Singapore in terms of it’s old architecture. I love strolling here and taking photos. So much colour. So much detail and nostalgia.

I find this red building just stunning against our blue sky.

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A sleepy row of restored Peranakan style shophouses. These were built in the 1930’s according to a charming blog called Yesterday.

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Loved the simple dangling lamp.

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There were bars on the windows then, for security. It’s now an architectural feature.

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Some modern features like this flower lamp that I think I saw at Ikea?

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It must be nice to live here. It feels so serene.

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It was a weekend too, and so quiet. I think everyone was in town (aka Orchard Road)

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Our Conservation people do a wonderful job.

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Love the muted grey against the white.  Just the little details like this number plate.

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And just next to this row of shophouses an old kampong house.

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You can probably see many of these lovely houses in Malaysia.

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On a raised platform. Was that in case of floods? And is there a little basement room at the bottom? I wonder if anyone lives here.  With the please after the no parking sign – there must be.

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More interesting ceiling lamps.

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10 Responses to Exploring: Joo Chiat’s Architecture (Part I of 2)

  1. Lady J says:

    Wow! I often go to Joo Chiat but the charm of the place often pass me by. I really like how you can see the beauty of this place through your lens. Lovely!!

  2. jannatwrites says:

    I’ve never been to Singapore, so I enjoyed your pictures. I especially like the lighting fixtures. I like the flowered one a lot (even if it is a modern design at IKEA!)
    Thanks for sharing your photos 🙂

  3. Al says:

    Some of the buildings (esp in part 2) are very Peranakan! 🙂 The details on the swing door gave it all away 🙂 Very luxurious…

  4. blisschic says:

    I’ve long heard about the charming streets of Joo Chiat, Katong and the surrounding neighbourhood. Despite having visited many hidden gems and less-visited places of interest in Singapore, Joo Chiat is, surprisingly, an area that I have yet to truly venture into. Guess I should devote more time to visit the different heartlands in Singapore. What do you think? 🙂

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