© 2017 Pocket Projects
Designed by studioKALEIDO

The Lorong 24A Shophouse Series
was initiated and executed by Pocket Projects, a development consultancy firm with a keen interest in bringing niche projects to life.

Pocket Projects is run by Karen Tan. Her familiarity with and passion for architecture, coupled with a background in real estate investment banking at Citigroup London and as Head of Development Finance in British real estate firm First Base, places

  Pocket Projects in good stead in its pursuit of well-curated, thoughtfully-designed projects that make good on investors’ return-on-capital.

Pocket Projects possesses full expertise to oversee the value-chain of operations—from initial conceptualization, the careful selection of architects and giving design input, through to financing and construction, as well as marketing and leasing. Pocket Projects also places a premium on good


  design, which has the potential to enrich a development by enhancing its functionality and, therefore, financial value.

With an open approach to working on both new builds and existing structures, across various uses, Pocket Projects looks forward to engaging in the creation of more spatially-exciting projects existing in harmony with the local context and its environs.


Inn Siang
Operations Manager


Inn Siang was from Singapore Polytechnic Banking and Financial Services. He is currently a Year 3 Accounting Student in Nanyang Business School.

The various local architects invited to be part of this collaboration were chosen on the basis of their design excellence and innovation, as well as their passion for the overall concept of the project. They are a mix of both experienced architectural practices as well as young up and coming designers. It was key that their design approaches were different in order to come up with a collection of very different, but workable, solutions for the collection, with each unit imbued with a unique character.

  The architecture firms are as follows: Atria Architects, KD Architects with FARM, HYLA, Lekker Design, Linghao Architects, Liu & Wo and Zarch Collaboratives.    

The shophouses are owned by an art-loving lawyer and his group of close friends, who have been attracted to the potential of the street 10 to 15 years ago when they first purchased the units. Being passionate about architecture and local heritage, the owners have been supportive in the conceptualization of the project and share its vision.   The Lorong 24A Shophouse Series also bears in mind, literally and figuratively, the owners’ 3 word request at the start: “Give us Art.” This is executed in both the artistic, architectural treatments received by the shophouses, as well as the care taken to facilitate the display of art within the homes.  

☛ 1996 Straits Times article on Lorong 24A (Once upon a time, in Geylang)