I heard a KWA family owns this building and the immediate neighbour suspects it belongs to a very influential family in Singapore.
Anyway, I don’t care who owns it so long as they don’t tear it down to build another boutique hotel.
Here’s a short write up about this building which I found from the book titled: Singapore, A Guide to Buildings, Street and Places by Norman Edward and Peter Keys
One might pass by this corner building without notice it but it is a good example of the Modern Movement style established in England in the 1930s and further developed in the 1950s.
The building has shops on the 1st storey set behind a series of round columns supporting a reinforced concrete frame containing 5 storeys of apartments above.
A Niemeyer-like curved concrete slab skirts the building to form an awning above the shops and creates an interesting spatial effect in its relationship to the cantilevered slab of apartments above.
The building turns the corner skilfully on 3 sides and is of good proportions.
Windows have sun-shielding cantilevered slabs above on one side and metal curve louvres on the other, very much in the Modern Movement vogue.
Fact: Built in 1956 and designed by Alfred Wong Partnership