2nd Edition centres the 3 Orchard By-The-Park show suite around a social deck 

2nd Edition centres the 3 Orchard By-The-Park show suite around a social deck 

For interior designers, show flats can be tricky creatures to balance. By their nature, they need to be everything for everyone. Stylish, but not too stylish. Exclusive, but also inclusive. Attention seeking, but without being too out there.  With literally no room for variation to cater to individual tastes, the design must conjure up a one-size-fits-all aspirational space that suggests to every prospective buyer who steps through the front door that they simply must snap up this apartment immediately, ahead of everyone else who’s viewing it. For in Show Flat Land, FOMO looms large.  With the show suite for 3 Orchard By-The-Park, designed by 2nd Edition, the balance is tipped even more precariously, since the condominium is the work of ACPV Architects, the legendary studio headed by Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel. Flanked by gorgeous, old rain trees, the three 25-storey towers loom high over the western end of Orchard Boulevard, their sleek silhouette and facades marked by the Italian studio’s familiar blend of grey stonework, geometric right angles and striated metal fins. It is a masterclass in confident design.…

The Carpenter’s Workshop taps Japanese kirigami to design this terrace house in East Coast

The Carpenter’s Workshop taps Japanese kirigami to design this terrace house in East Coast

With its tall, recessed window flanked by square cut-outs of various sizes, the pure white façade of this terrace house in Singapore’s East Coast is immediately eye-catching. Designed by interiors firm The Carpenter’s Workshop, it is inspired by kirigami, the Japanese art of three-dimensional origami that also involves cutting. The three-and-a-half storey house, sited on a compact plot of 1,733sqft,…

Park + Associates imbues shophouse living into Parq Bella in Joo Chiat 

Park + Associates imbues shophouse living into Parq Bella in Joo Chiat 

Mention Joo Chiat and one of the first things that comes to mind are the shophouses that line the vibrant enclave. No wonder then that when Park + Associates was tasked to design a condominium located there along Tembeling Road, its response was to take inspiration from the building type. The outcome is Parq Bella, a five-storey, 20-unit boutique development…

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Mercurio Design Lab interlocks two triangles to form a spacecraft-like bungalow in Mountbatten

Mercurio Design Lab interlocks two triangles to form a spacecraft-like bungalow in Mountbatten

“Something cool.” This was the starting point of a creative narrative that concludes with a bungalow in Mountbatten that has elements of the Lamborghini Gallardo supercar, a spacecraft and the Greek letter that symbolises the idea of a wavelength. Disparate as they sound, the reality is anything but, given how it was conceived by Italian boutique practice Mercurio Design Lab. …

Resort-like elements meet Japanese minimalism in this apartment at Kent Ridge Hill Residences by AR-kee Design Studio

Resort-like elements meet Japanese minimalism in this apartment at Kent Ridge Hill Residences by AR-kee Design Studio

AR-kee Design Studio has designed a compact, fourth-floor apartment in Kent Ridge Hill Residences, turning it into a tranquil Zen retreat. The owners – a Singaporean banker and his Japanese air stewardess wife – wanted a home with a modern Japanese look and the atmosphere of a resort. Other than that, their only requests were streamlined storage spaces, a designated…

A terrace house by Freight Architects in Serangoon Gardens is inspired by shophouses and the Japanese concept of “oku”

A terrace house by Freight Architects in Serangoon Gardens is inspired by shophouses and the Japanese concept of “oku”

It certainly looks like someone parachuted a shophouse into a row of terrace houses in Serangoon Gardens. Even without hearing from the designer, Freight Architects, the architectural language of the residence clearly proclaims its inspiration. While the usual elaborate ornamentation found on them may be missing, the proportions, use of columns, simple pediment and spatial depth are all apparent.  “This…

Freight Architects designs a pair of semi-detached houses near MacRitchie Reservoir Park each with a unique theme

Freight Architects designs a pair of semi-detached houses near MacRitchie Reservoir Park each with a unique theme

They are “cousins”, not twins. This is how Kee Jing Zhi of Freight Architects describes the pair of semi-detached houses he has designed, located within a stone’s throw of MacRitchie Reservoir Park. Naturally, he took inspiration from the location, resulting in one having a garden theme and the other, water. What also binds them together is their linear design language,…

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Surbana Jurong Consultants designs HDB project SkyResidence @ Dawson with a distinctive double-S curve

Surbana Jurong Consultants designs HDB project SkyResidence @ Dawson with a distinctive double-S curve

At his National Day Rally Speech in 2007, Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong announced that Dawson, located within Queenstown, itself the oldest public housing estate in Singapore, was to undergo a dramatic makeover fit for the 21st century. He spoke of how “old estates also have great potential” and that with selective redevelopment, the government was able to “clear…

L Architects experiments with bridging a landed house and apartment in this unit in UE Square Residences

L Architects experiments with bridging a landed house and apartment in this unit in UE Square Residences

In Singapore, ground floor units in residential developments are usually not as sought after as those on higher floors. L Architects, however, saw much potential in this 1,119sqft, level-one condominium unit in UE Square Residences. In doing so, it turned it into an apartment with interiors reminiscent of the inside of a house.  The apartment’s owner – a single, 30-something…

Live well at TMW Maxwell by Formwerkz Architects with its stacked sky terraces

Live well at TMW Maxwell by Formwerkz Architects with its stacked sky terraces

In Singapore, rooftop gardens are becoming increasingly commonplace, as are sky gardens inserted into the upper floors of a tall building. So when Formwerkz Architects saw how the brief for TMW Maxwell requested “many sky terraces”, it knew it had to do something noteworthy.  Leading the charge was Alan Tay, one of the founding partners of Formwerkz. His solution? To…

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A terraced tower in a unit in Hillion Residences makes for a brilliant small condo design idea by Metre Architects

A terraced tower in a unit in Hillion Residences makes for a brilliant small condo design idea by Metre Architects

OCTOBER SPECIAL | Small apartment interior design series, story 3 of 3 For civic authorities, sociologists, urban planners and architects alike, answering the evergreen question of how much domestic space one needs gained even more currency during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. Entire families were confined for the greater part of the day within the literal four walls of their homes…