Studio iF redesigns four duplexes in a condo on Orchard Boulevard to create villas in the sky

Studio iF redesigns four duplexes in a condo on Orchard Boulevard to create villas in the sky

As design challenges go, Gwen Tan of Studio iF knew she was being presented with an unusual one when a property developer approached her to relaunch part of their condominium project on Orchard Boulevard with a new design angle. The reason for the change? The marketability of the four duplexes on the highest two floors, due to the required blockage (by law and for security reasons) of views from all bedrooms facing a specific direction.  Fortunately, during the site inspection, Tan suddenly had an idea, prompting her to question, “What if I could make your biggest constraint your biggest selling point?” Her proposed solution centred on merging the four duplexes into two, such that they stretched out across the building, thus making sure that the homeowners would not lose out on the views. “On receipt of the building plans, I was quite pleased to find a singular gap in the core, which presented an opportunity to create a brand new typology out of an amalgamated footprint,” she says.  As can be imagined, melding staggered duplex units was a hugely complex project.…