12 storeys in house of Haniffa

SINGAPORE - This 12-storey building, with its distinctive onion-shape roof, stands out among the row of houses and apartments on Keng Lee Road near Novena.

Businessman O. K. Mohamed Haniffa, who is in his 70s, built it to house his family of 15 and five helpers.

Mr Mohamed is the chairman of textile and garment company Haniffa on Dunlop Street.

The family used to live in a three-storey bungalow on the same plot of land before moving into their new $9-million apartment building in January 2009.

According to a 2009 report in The Sunday Times, each of Mr Mohamed's five children gets two floors in the apartment block, which works out to two units of 221.42 sq m each.

Each family lives in one unit, while the second one is kept for future family members, reported the newspaper.

Each unit has four bedrooms with attached bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room.

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