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 – where they were expected to not just sleep, work, play, raise and educate children, and socialise, but also to hold on to fraying tempers and unravelling mental issues.  Those pressures notwithstanding, these designers would still argue that the desire for large homes – especially freestanding ones that push into precious agricultural land – is economically, socially and environmentally unsustainable. It is far more effective, they say, to buy small and harness imaginative architectural and interior design solutions to create additional space. In this context, what is remarkable about Gradient Space – a 463sqft one-bedroom apartment in Hillion Residences, a particularly leafy part of Bukit Panjang – is that both its ideology and execution took place in 2018 before the pandemic.…

Stacey Leong Interiors updates the ground floor of an inter-terrace to fulfil the needs of its multi-generational residents

Stacey Leong Interiors updates the ground floor of an inter-terrace to fulfil the needs of its multi-generational residents

Walk through the ground floor of House 19 with its graceful minimalism, refined detailing and elegant restraint and one would never imagine it used to be vastly different. Transformed with the help of Stacey Leong Interiors, it is now a perfect reflection of its inhabitants’ lifestyles.  Over 15 years, the three-storey inter-terrace saw its residents increase to now house three…

A ceiling kept in its original state drives the design direction of this River Valley penthouse

A ceiling kept in its original state drives the design direction of this River Valley penthouse

Property agents often describe a house as having “good bones” when its current condition is not ideal but it possesses potential due to its inherent core qualities, structure and location. It was certainly the case with this River Valley penthouse designed by Inte Architects, which did not appear attractive initially because of its low ceiling and dark, claustrophobic feel.  But…

Wabi-sabi guided the transformation of this HDB flat by Kaizen Architecture

Wabi-sabi guided the transformation of this HDB flat by Kaizen Architecture

“I was honestly surprised,” says Melvin Keng, Principal of Kaizen Architecture, referring to the accolades heaped on his Terrace Flat project, featuring the transformation of a 1980s public housing apartment (HDB) in eastern Singapore. He shouldn’t have been. The project may be relatively modest in scale – a floor area of 100sqm renovated with a budget of $150,000 – but…