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Do You Actually Like The Colourful Tampines GreenVines Blocks? Some Say It’s A Pity They Are Being Repainted

30 March 2023 | BY

The Tampines GreenVines blocks has been partially repainted after going viral for looking eerie and there are mixed reactions to the changes.

Tampines GreenVines - cover image

Originally designed to promote “better way-finding”, the Tampines GreenVines BTO project has raised a few eyebrows no thanks to its striking colour scheme. Its original appearance was dubbed as “creepy” and went viral for its horror movie-worthiness, and residents of the blocks urged for a change.

The blocks were swiftly partially repainted. As a result, the Tampines GreenVines BTO became the subject of attention once again, with some netizens bemoaning the loss of the all-red lift lobbies that captured the imaginations of Singaporeans. 

Tampines GreenVines BTO project 

Consisting of 11 residential blocks, the Tampines GreenVines BTO project created a huge online buzz earlier in the month because of its bold colour scheme. In particular, the crimson lift lobbies and letterbox areas were a source of contention. 

@zelia2702

#bto #tampinesgreenvines #red #unacceptable

♬ 原聲 – 我是R醣 – 我是R糖

Video credit: @zelia2702  

Opinions were split between netizens. In the comments section of a Tiktok video by user @zelia2702, many expressed their fear of the all-red colour scheme. They said the block looked “scary” and reminded them of a “horror movie”.

On the other hand, bolder folks commented that the unique colour scheme was “quite a vibe”, “cool”, and “like an art exhibition”. 

Other blocks in the project had blue and yellow as their primary colour scheme, which seemed cheerier and more boutique hotel-esque than its crimson counterparts.

Take a look at the all-yellow block here:

@uchify.sg

And it was all yellow ~ 📍Blk 641E Tampines Street 62 #tiktoksg #fyp #fypシ #hdb #sghomes #yellowhdb #hdbsg #insingapore #tampines

♬ Yellow – Coldplay

 Changes to the blocks  

Mr Baey Yam Keng, Member of Parliament (MP) for Tampines Group Representation Constituency (GRC), soon conducted a poll to receive feedback on the block’s appearance after it went viral.

Tampines GreenVines - Mr BaeyImage adapted from: Baey Yam Keng 马炎庆   

The common areas at Tampines GreenVines were eventually partially repainted, as updated by Mr Baey on Facebook. The ceilings and non-tiled walls – even for the yellow and blue blocks – have all been painted white.

This is what the red blocks look like now:

@uchify.sg

Exploring the iconic red HDBs in the day because I am too scared to go at night🥲 #fyp #fypシ #hdb #sghome #voiddeck #hdbsg #insingapore #tiktoksg #redhdb

♬ Bim Bom by João Gilberto – Sonya

Netizens’ reactions and thoughts

Tampines GreenVines - Positive commentsImage adapted from: Baey Yam Keng 马炎庆   

After Mr Baey took to social media to update netizens on the repainting, positive comments flooded his post, and some netizens commented that the upgrade made the blocks look much better than before. 

Tampines GreenVines - improvements1Image adapted from: Baey Yam Keng 马炎庆   

Tampines GreenVines - improvements2Image adapted from: Baey Yam Keng 马炎庆   

However, some commented that the previous appearance of the blocks was better and that there seems to be a lack of innovation. Others highlighted the fact that Singaporeans seem afraid to explore new concepts and “push the boundaries”.

@jdenation

A super spontaneous night out with #cinestill400d featuring @Glenn Goh & @rui 😎😎 Thanks @terryterribleee for the BTS 😘 #640B #tampinesgreenvines

♬ original sound – Cam Kirk Studios

Video credit: @jdenation

These commenters on Facebook weren’t the only supporters of Tampines GreenVines’s original look – some creative Singaporeans have used the BTO’s unique aesthetic as a backdrop for their photoshoots.

Even homeowners of Tampines GreenVines have a similarly cheerful outlook: 

Tampines GreenVines - lemon8Image adapted from: @gaiaroyaroy 

Despite the mixed reactions, we cannot deny that the Tampines GreenVines BTO is unique and striking. Additionally, this could pave the way for more creative BTOs by architects and designers. Would you like to live in such a BTO in the future?

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Cover image adapted from: Baey Yam Keng 马炎庆   

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