Was this little window part of the original design?
I did not give it much thoughts until today when someone "sms" me to find out more about my previous blog on the painted over brick walls.
During our back and forth "SMSes" while I was in my church service (yeah, I wasn't paying attention today), I mentioned about a hole that was created in the facade and how that could even happened to a conserved apartment.
As I was ranting away with my fingers, it suddenly dawned upon me that this hole may have been created to insert those 1st generation aircon system many years ago and it may not be this owner's fault at all!
He may have merely inherited this infringement.
Holes hacked to accomodate the 1st generation aircons
Conservation status aside, can we actually hack holes through an apartment?
By the way, most owners nowadays will not bother to knock a hole in the wall to put in their aircon.
They will just go for the weakest point in the wall to get the aircon trunking through and the weakest point happened to be the air vents. (Trust me, no one police such things here even though it is a conservation area)
If everyone in this estate has the discipline and determination to at least keep the facade intact, many more people can come and enjoy these buildings without any blemishes for many more years.
Below are some example of how the walls should look like :
Anyway, if you are reading this, you may want to refresh your memory on the URA Guidelines for the Tiong Bahru Area. : TIONG BAHRU CONSERVATION AREA
And oh yes, I was so distracted with my sms that I did not know what the guest speaker shared in church today. :-(