About the House
- 13-15 minutes to CBD by car, depending on traffic
- 20-25 minutes by public transport
Designed in 1916, this terrace house was once owned by an investment banker. Inspired by this, we’ve created Library House, combining a cosy work and study area, fully-furnished studios, restful views, and lots of books.
The common living area is fitted with cosy armchairs and side tables, perfect for meetings, phone calls, or just a quiet read. Shelves of books on photography, art, and travel are available for Figment members’ perusal, courtesy of the owner.
The long dining table can also be turned into a workspace, with a printer and fridge nearby. An additional bar table facing the bonsai tree is also available for those who prefer smaller nooks.
With ensuite bathrooms and a kitchenette in every room, you can also choose to stick around your own private space. The Centrepoint is a 5-minute walk away if you want to head outside.
This corner house and those from 64 to 72 Emerald Hill were designed by Johannes Bartholomew (Birch) Westerhout for Puey Soo Keng. Renovation works done from 1991 to 1992 included the addition of a new rear extension, which earned the Good Effort Award in 1994, the precursor of today’s esteemed Architectural Heritage Awards.
About the Neighbourhood
Emerald Hill is a tranquil residential oasis just off of downtown and Orchard Road. 313 Somerset, Lady M Cake Shop, and library@orchard are just some of the perks of living on this historic street.
Previously a nutmeg plantation, the area became a residential neighbourhood from the 1900s onwards. By the 1930s, much of the street was occupied by Straits Chinese families, descendants of early Chinese immigrants who married locals and settled in Southeast Asia.
The district was gazetted as a conservation area in 1989, allowing us to continue enjoying our beautiful architectural heritage.