This mixed commercial development was part of Singapore's refurbishment boom in the 90s. The site next to Little India, one of Singapore's best-known tourist attractions, became available as two parcels of state land for developers' tender. On it were two rows of pre-war traditional Singapore shophouses.
The main points of the design brief were that the two parcels should have one integrated design, but that one of them was to be conserved and restored, while the other was reconstructed due to the instability of the existing structure. The design concept was not to copy or reproduce the look of existing traditional shophouses, but to maintain the rhythm of solid and void so as to set up an interesting contrast between old and new.