The serenity of Redhill Close, a 1950s Singaporean housing project.
Till I closed my graphic design agency in Dec 2017, I regularly pass by Redhill estate, one of my key clients being at the adjacent Leng Kee Road industrial stretch.
Throughout these walk-bys, my impression was that the estate was “newly” rebuilt; I see only the new blocks towering over Tiong Bahru Road. I completely forgot that many older blocks, some over half a century old, still exist within the heart of the estate.
Many of these older public housing blocks have now been marked for redevelopment – or SERS as it’s known in HDB terminology. Strolling through these in the late afternoon, well, it’s a strange experience. Though old, though officially repossessed, the blocks are still well-maintained and clean. The surrounding grounds are spick-and-span too.
There being barely anyone around as I passed through also filled the area with a certain tranquillity. This silence could be a little disquieting at times, but mostly it was just peaceful and quiet. Personally, I’m surprised the estate is not yet an Instagram #nostagia hotspot.