If you’ve been planning a spot of exterior decoration at home, this could be your paint palette – the building carries a staggering multitude of vibrant colours.
After all, why try to choose just one colour?
This vibrant building stands in Little India, in Singapore. It is actually one of the surviving Chinese villas in this area and was built back in 1900 by Ten Tang Niah, the owner of several sweet-making factories and a rubber smokehouse. This large eight-roomed villa certainly demonstrates his financial success.
The house is a combination of Southern Chinese and European architectural style. In its original state, there were carriage doors leading into a courtyard and the main entrance had richly carved decorative swinging doors. The first floor overhangs the ground floor to provide the sheltered walkway, known as a five-foot way, that was a common design feature.
Now, don’t imagine that his commercial interest in confectionary led to the bright colouring scheme, the house back then was calm traditional whitewash.
This grand house gradually fell into disrepair and it was not renovated until the late 1980s (the sign shown above has an image of the house in 1983) when the Little India area rescued it. The vivacious colour scheme was eventually added as part of that work and it certainly now fits in with the other buzzing décor in the area.
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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 29 January 2016