When the homeowners purchased this property a few years ago, a cost analysis showed that it made more sense to demolish the old house and build a new one. Even though the existing home was still in fairly good condition, starting from scratch would allow the young family to build a home designed according to their lifestyle and needs.
The project, which took about 20 months, is a collaboration between the established Formwerkz Architects and the younger Super Assembly, whose principal architect, Iskandar Idris, worked at Formwerkz Architects before going out on his own.
“As colleagues, we enjoyed the dynamics of working together on a project, so this was no different. Although I was the qualified person (QP) for this project, we were both fully involved in all aspects, from conception to completion”, says Alan Tay, one of Formwerkz Architects’ founding partners.
Having moved from a three-bedroom condominium, the owners were adamant that their new detached home didn't feel like just another bigger apartment. “I did not want overly large spaces. Instead, I wanted many smaller spaces my family and I could gravitate to as we engaged in different activities in the course of a day,” says the man of the house.
With this brief in mind, the architects went about conceptualising a home made up of an assemblage of programmes that are not immediately apparent, but which gradually reveal themselves as you progress through the spaces. “It is a home with many nooks and crannies. It can accommodate large family gatherings spread over different spaces and rooms,” says Iskandar.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
Bynd Artisan + Sunday Folks
Both a shopping experience and a cafe, this new concept store at ION celebrates the strong bond between two popular home-grown brands.
Apartment That Marries A Scandi-Boho Style And Functionality
Second time’s the charm for this family of three, who engaged the designer who worked on their first home. Their new, upgraded apartment effectively marries a Scandi-boho style and family-focused functionality. MELODY BAY finds out more.
How To Design A Practical And Stylish Yet Timeless Bedroom For Your Child!
Your child’s bedroom plays a vital role in their development. Here’s how to design a practical and stylish yet timeless one that grows with them.
New Home, New Chapter
For many newly-weds, happily-ever-after begins with a home where they can build a life and family together. LYNN TAN checks out this self-designed flat that reflects not just the couple’s tastes and aesthetic preferences, but also their philosophies in life.
Integrating the outdoors and indoors in a seamless spatial transition was key to making this Brazilian city apartment feel like an idyllic tropical villa. MELODY BAY discovers more.
THE HIGH LIFE
This sleek apartment looks more like a trendy downtown loft than the four-room HDB flat that it really is, thanks to the careful curation of colours and designer furnishings by the savvy owners. MELODY BAY finds out more.
THE HARI HONG KONG
Exuding an updated, mid-century modern vibe, this boutique hotel in Wan Chai brings London’s tailored yet approachable attitude to Hong Kong.
LABOUR OF LOVE
This rare corner conservation HDB flat in Tiong Bahru features clever spatial strategy and playfully eclectic furnishing inspired by mid-century modern aesthetics. ASIH JENIE takes a tour.
IDEAS AND INSPIRATION FROM THOSE IN THE KNOW
COLOURS AND CURVES
Curved elements and contrasting colours give this home a unique, refreshing look. LYNN TAN succumbs to the seductive silhouettes and eye-catching hues.