Identity|Identity May 2020
Time was of the essence from the moment Colin Seah accepted the challenge of reimagining the interiors of an iconic traditional shophouse in Singapore.
The founder-director of integrated spatial design, interior and architectural firm Ministry of Design (MOD) had just four months to design, source, and fit-out the entire property into four co-living suites on a fixed budget.
So it is no surprise to learn that Seah’s striking all-white concept for what has become the Canvas House in the vibrant Tanjong Pagar neighbourhood was arrived at extremely quickly.
He said: “The idea was formed within 45 minutes of walking the site - it was a clear response to its context and also the pragmatics of time and budget.”
Figment, the developer, had a clearly stated aim of renting out the suites to creative locals or expats for three-to-12 month stays, and for MOD to “do something appealing” as well as come up with “a way for this co-living shophouse to stand out.”
Seah’s response was to conjure up a purely white space which acts as a canvas for the future whilst simultaneously revealing contrasting hints of its historical preservation with glimpses of the original brickwork and timber stair treads.
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Identity May 2020