Emerald Hill gems for sale

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July 8, 2018 5:36 PM SGT
Rarely on the market, the limited-edition conservation terraced houses in prime District 9 now have price tags that start at $3,000 psf. Many have been adapted into residences with private art gallery, museum or entertainment space.
The recently restored conservation terraced house at 15 Emerald Hill where the interiors were completely reconfigured (Credit: C&W)
No heritage project is too small for French architect Jean Francois Milou, who took on the design of a corner conservation terraced house on Emerald Hill Road three years ago. This was shortly after completing the design of the National Gallery Singapore, which involved preserving and integrating two historical buildings — the former City Hall, built in the late 1920s; and the former Supreme Court.
While the National Gallery was a seven-year project, the Emerald Hill house took six months to design and two years to build.
“The challenge at the National Gallery was the geometry of the two buildings and having to double the area,” says Milou, managing director and principal architect of Studio Milou. “But it was a good exercise, as we are trained to find simple solutions to complex problems.”
Milou relocated to Singapore in 2008 when his team beat 111 other international architectural firms in a competition to win the contract to design and build the National Gallery Singapore. StudioMilou is a specialist in large-scale public projects and adaptive reuse of heritage buildings in Europe. The team ventured into Asia a decade ago, starting in Singapore.
Work on the conservation terraced house at 15 Emerald Hill Road involved preserving the façade of the building but completely reconfiguring the interiors. “It’s like the National Gallery, which also has many staircases and areas that serve as multi-purpose space,” says Milou.
A ‘salon’
The front hall and staircase on the first level of the conservation terraced house at 15 Emerald Hill Road (Credit: C&W)
The owner of the house, a Singaporean, wanted to turn the conserved terraced house into a place where he could entertain friends. The first level of the corner terraced house...