Sembawang Hill Estate Taxi Services Hut

Before the days of Uber, GrabTaxi and the other taxi booking services, taxi drivers would gather at special Taxi Services Huts around Singapore to chat away over a cup of coffee while waiting for potential passengers.

One of these last remaining service huts is the Sembawang Hill Estate Taxi Services Hutm located just behind the popular Sembawang Hills Food Centre along Upper Thomson Road.

Located just behind the Sembawang Hills Food Centre, is one of Singapore's last remaining Taxi Services Hut

Located just behind the Sembawang Hills Food Centre, is one of Singapore’s last remaining Taxi Services Hut

Built in 1968, the simple hut holds many traditional building elements found throughout Singapore’s housing history. Grey wooden planks sit seamlessly above red mason bricks, while the glass louvers found traditionally along old common corridors, sit astutely with the mosaic tiles located at the entrance of the hut.

Materials to make the hut are like a timeline of items used in Singapore's building history.

Materials to make the hut are like a timeline of items used in Singapore’s building history.

The Mosaic tiles match the door mat conveniently.

The Mosaic tiles match the door mat conveniently.

Two of the original stone benches, where customers or taxi drivers would sit on, also serve as a reminder of the year the service hut was created (1968), the old Chinese name for Sembawang 森峇旺 instead of the present 三巴旺, as well as the phone booking number (i.e. 59924) that customers would dial if they needed a ride.

Aside from being a bench to sit, this old stone bench also has the old booking number for the taxis as well as the initial name of Sembawang 森峇旺 written on it

Aside from being a bench to sit, this old stone bench also has the old booking number for the taxis as well as the initial name of Sembawang 森峇旺 written on it

Glass lourves, red mason bricks and longish wooden panels make up the structure of the taxi services hut.

Glass lourves, red mason bricks and longish wooden panels make up the structure of the taxi services hut.

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