YWA Studio contrasts the fortress-like façade of this semi-detached house in Telok Blangah with open interiors 

YWA Studio contrasts the fortress-like façade of this semi-detached house in Telok Blangah with open interiors 

So successful was YWA Studio in applying a monochromatic palette to parts of this semi-detached house in Telok Blangah that the photographer had to come back to do a reshoot. The reason? “All I saw was a big black mess,” laughs Tan Yue Wei, the Principal Architect and Founder of the design firm.  Done in response to the clients’ brief of keeping things clean and minimalist, the three-and-a-half-storey home also reflects their love for the Japanese street style and grunge aesthetic. The result is entire rooms and swathes of feature walls that are covered in dark grey or black laminates.  Mirroring this is the austere front façade design, composed of a solid graphite-coloured wall and a slim, inverted-L-shaped cutout on the side. Conceived at the clients’ insistence, it is overt in its message about the high value they place on privacy. No surprise then that Tan named the project Maison Forteresse. “Apart from the balcony on top, everything else is just pretty closed up at the front,” he says.  Light and bright Enter the house though and any lair-like impressions…

Artistroom sensitively renovates an apartment in Pandan Valley

Artistroom sensitively renovates an apartment in Pandan Valley

Pandan Valley ranks among one of the first and most iconic condominium developments in Singapore. Designed by pioneer generation architect Tan Cheng Siong and completed in 1979, it is part of the country’s precious stock of modernist buildings that seems to be fast disappearing, despite calls to conserve them.  It is therefore heartening to learn…