Emerald Hill

This conserved shophouse at Emerald Hill Road, Singapore was designed in 1995 and was completed in 1999. Shophouses are dark and gloomy in their unrestored state, and the concept proposed to place something new within the shophouse form.

By inserting a clean new box within the enormous slice of space exposed by removing the internal walls and floors, a new perspective was created where the previously concealed volume could be read. The tension between the crooked old walls and the crisp new addition adds drama to life in this theatrical house.