Blok Peningkatan Amanah Singapura
Blocks 47, 51 & 67-73 Commonwealth Drive are the remaining apartment flats in Queenstown that are designed by the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT). Completed in the years between 1961 and 1964, there are 10 such blocks containing 120 three-room apartments.
Designed in the Modern style, these three-storey flats feature clean and rational architectural façades such as thin horizontal slabs and ventilation holes. Furthermore, the general public can stroll along footpaths through the spacious backyards maintained by residents on the ground level. Similar to the HDB Terraces at Stirling Road, these low rise terrace apartments were conceived by the Singapore Improvement Trust to reduce uniformity in public housing.
Lim Ang Ah, 71, was one of the ex-residents at the flats. She recalled, “I lived on the ground floor with my family. There was a huge field in front of my house and my daughter would always play hide and seek with our neighbours there.”