Mixed-use development 1953’s vintage appeal

SINGAPORE (EDGEPROP) - Located at the junction of Balestier and Tessensohn Roads, 1953, a mixed-use development by Oxley Holdings, is set to be an iconic landmark when it is completed in 2023. Comprising 58 apartments and 14 strata commercial units, 1953 combines old-world charm with modern design sensibilities.
Oxley Holdings' 1953 is set to be an iconic landmark (Pictures: Oxley Holdings)
Seven of the project’s retail shops and nine residential units will be housed in a row of conservation shophouses, while the rest of the units are part of a new six-storey development. The former will be painted white and feature an art deco façade while the latter will be dressed in a dark colour palette, contrasting the modern buildings with those steeped in history. Ecoplan, the landscape architect for the project, also made a horticultural selection that accentuates 1953’s colour palette.
The living area of a three-bedroom apartment
For this, 1953 swept the following awards at the EdgeProp Singapore Excellence Awards 2019:
  • Design Excellence, Residential (Uncompleted), Central
  • Innovation Excellence, Residential (Uncompleted), Central
  • Top Showflat, Interior Designer Excellence Award, Residential (Uncompleted), Central
  • Top Development, Residential (Uncompleted), Central
  • Top Boutique Development, Residential (Uncompleted)
The en suite bedroom in a three-bedroom apartment
The architect behind 1953 is Park+Associates. The design of the project takes its cue from Queen’s 1975 song, “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Like the song, Park+Associates envisioned the design of 1953 in three parts: ballad, operatic overture and hard rock.
“The art deco façade serves as the operatic overture, juxtaposing the conserved historic shophouses (the ballad) and the modern new extension block (hard rock end of Bohemian Rhapsody),” explains Oxley.

Study in contrast

From the exterior, this design narrative continues...