Built between 1970 and 1974, Holland Drive neighbourhood centre comprised of two clusters of four-storey shop buildings and a wet market.The shop buildings have exposed red brick walls and are colloquially known as red house or ang chu (Hokkien: 红屋).

Under the Housing and Development Ordinance and Land Acquisition Ordinance, the HDB acquired three burial grounds managed by Ying Fo Fui Kun to develop Queenstown’s seventh neighbourhood known as Buona Vista. Although Ying Fo Fui Kun “objected strongly to the compulsory acquisition,” and requested several concessions from the government including a license for another burial ground, a portion of about 4.5 acres of burial ground for constructing a memorial and reburial of existing graves and permission to keep their ancestral hall, the association did not “stand in the way of progress by the government.”

The clearance of more than 500 squatters and exhumation of graves commenced in 1968 and the construction of Buona Vista estate began in 1969. Bigger flats (four-room and five-room flats) and point blocks were introduced in response to changes in family sizes, incomes and societal preferences, where Singaporeans preferred to pay a higher price to buy a larger unit.  

By 1974, 7,000 flats and shop houses were completed, including the neighbourhood centre comprising two clusters of four-storey shop buildings which had exposed red brick walls, colloquially known as red house or ang chu (Hokkien: 红屋).


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