1953. Mixed development of 58 apartments and 14 retail shops. A beautifully conserved slice of Singapore’s heritage at a city fringe location. Modernised yet keeping its Art Deco architectural legacy, fusing the old and the new. This 1953 condo is a lovely freehold property, to appreciate for generations.
The 1953 Tessensohn development is located in Balestier, a subzone of the Novena planning area in the Central Region of Singapore. It fronts Balestier Road and is bounded on two sides by Tessensohn Road and Race Course Road. About 6 minutes walk to Farrer MRT station, that is two stops from Doby Ghaut in Orchard Road.
If you are looking for something other than the typical run-of-the-mill condominium, something unique with character, then this 1953 condo could be for you. It is a new 6 storey high residential project with shops at the ground level, that merges with 7 conservation shophouses dating from 1953. Being developed by Oxley Amethyst Pte Ltd, a unit of Oxley Holdings.
Design of the 1953 Condo
This project continues the tradition of the archetypal Singapore shophouse, with its commercial shops at ground floor, and living spaces above that. The ground level is set back from the road, with an overhanging verandah along the front supported by columns, that creates the distinctive five-footway design.
The 7 conservation shophouses at 1953 @ Tessensohn exemplifies the Art Deco architectural style. These have been merged so cleverly into the 1953 mixed development, that the new part continues almost seamlessly from the old. It does so by picking up on and encapsulating the Art Deco motifs of the shophouses, such as streamlined design, and strong horizontal and vertical lines. The curved corner is another typical Art Deco element.
7 of the shops and 9 of the residential units are housed in the conserved shophouses. These form the “Heritage Collection” part of 1953 Tessensohn. The other 7 shops with 40 apartments form the “Modern Collection”, housed together with the 9 “Penthouse Collection” units in the new part of the development.
1953 SINGAPORE · DEVELOPER
1953 Tessensohn Singapore is being developed by Oxley Amethyst, a fully owned subsidiary of Oxley Holdings Limited.
Oxley is a home-grown Singapore company that is mainly engaged in the property investment and development business. Since its inception, the Group has grown exponentially both locally and overseas, and now operates across twelve markets worldwide.
About Oxley Holdings Limited (“Oxley” or “the Group”)
They command a diversified portfolio of investment and development projects within Singapore itself, as well as in places like Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cyprus, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Their property development projects span the residential, industrial and commercial sectors.
Central to the Group’s success is a focus on key elements such as prime locations, attractive design, and lifestyle features that appeal to its target market. And just as crucial is Oxley’s grasp of trends and evolving market sentiments, that has propelled its remarkable growth.
It is now one of Singapore’s most prolific developers, with market capitalisation of over SGD$2 billion at end 2018. To date Oxley has completed over 8,000 homes, with another 3,800 in the pipeline in Singapore alone. In the process, it has built over 62 projects and won a number of design / development awards and accolades. As for instance, the ‘Development Of The Year (Residential)’ award in 2015 for its Royal Wharf project in London.
Amongst Oxley’s many projects are local ones like Robinson Square, Devonshire Residences, Loft @ Holland, The Flow at Marine Parade, Newest, and recent launches such as Kent Ridge Hill Residences, Mayfair Gardens, Riverfront Residences, and freehold Verandah Residences (that sold out within 3 months of its debut in 2018).
To spearhead its expansion, the Group has entered into strategic partnerships with other reputable developers and business partners as well. It owns a 40% share in the Pindan Group Pty Ltd, based in Western Australia, and a 15% share of United Engineers, a Singapore property development and engineering company established since 1912. The Group has also acquired a 20% share of the Galliard (Group) Limited, a leading property development, management and hospitality group in the United Kingdom.