Shophouses: Why You Should Try Living In One
A refreshing breather from the skyscraper-dominated cityscape, shophouses in Singapore dot the island with cheerful pops of colour and art, reminders of Singapore’s asiatic roots.
Typically found in a set of narrow buildings clustered along streets, these terraced homes are a work of architectural ingenuity, filled with intricate carvings and latticed windows that give them a signature aesthetic. Reflecting Singapore’s rich heritage, the architecture plays with Malay fretwork, Peranakan tiling, Corinthian pilasters and Art Deco façades.
You can explore the interior of shophouses as they used to look in their heyday; The electric blue Baba House, Lorong Bachok and the Dong Ya Shophouses have been preserved in their entirety, and are open to visitors.
More commonly, shophouses have been converted into contemporary homes, businesses and hotels across Tanjong Pagar, Clarke Quay and Chinatown. They’re highly coveted pieces of land that carry a premium price for their cultural value and prime locations.
Fuelled by the desire to give COVE’s community with the opportunity to experience living inside a piece history, we refurbished some of the most beautiful shophouses to open them to the public.