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From sake bars to yacht cabins, Singaporeans transform bland ...


From sake bars to yacht cabins, Singaporeans transform bland public flats

Eighty percent of the country’s 5.5-million people live in utilitarian spaces, but some are taking them to new levels

Edgar Su

Singapore’s public housing system is acclaimed for providing affordable homes in the land-scarce country, where private apartments can cost upwards of $740,800 (about R12m).

The Housing Development Board (HDB) flats, in which 80% of Singapore’s 5.5-million people live, are typically utilitarian, with tight rules governing ownership and resales.

But inside the usually staid and uniform tower blocks, some homeowners have let their creative juices flow...

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