First constructed by Shaw patriarch Runme Shaw as part of the Shaw family’s grand estate in the 1930s, this pre-war building is a building rich with history. Once used as a private theatre by the family that founded Shaw Organisation, the venue was where private screenings for their closest friends and business associates were held, capturing the magic of the silver screen and the heyday of 1930s Hollywood.
Recently, this former cinema has now been converted into a residence and home office for one of the third-generation family members. Its interior has been updated with an edgy industrial-style look that takes inspiration from the loft apartments in New York’s Soho district.
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Its stunning transformation is a collaboration between homegrown firm Krieit Associates and sister firm Evocateurs. “It was a delicate project in conserving its historical significance and modernising it for its new functions as a working studio and residence. The original cinema screen is still completely intact and is used for movie screenings regularly,” says Roy Teo, founder and creative director Krieit Associates.
“This theatre was completely transformed into a contemporary, Tribeca-inspired luxury loft living,” says Teo, referring to the influence of the artist loft apartments in New York's Tribeca district. “The brief was to convert a home theatre building to a modern, multi-functional residence for a cosmopolitan gentleman and his family to cater to all aspects of life, be it personal, family, business or entertainment.”
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