This semi-detached house in Serangoon Garden eschews the typical rectangular building footprint

This semi-detached house in Serangoon Garden eschews the typical rectangular building footprint

In Serangoon Garden, estate life radiates from its iconic circus – a roundabout surrounded by eateries, increasingly trendy shops and a charming spider web of landed properties. A quick five-minute stroll from the neighbouring Chomp Chomp food centre is Half Moon House, a two-storey-with-attic semi-detached building by LATO Architects/Design. Lived in by a long-time resident and his wife, it has been rebuilt on the site of his former single-level childhood home.  The reason for its name is clear: the house is a semi-circular building with the party wall making up the straight line. Some might even venture that Half Moon’s circle-like form is apt for a neighbourhood laid out around a traffic circle. Lim Ai Tiong, Founder of LATO Architects/Design, reveals how the challenges of a narrow front and wide back presented by the 4,200sqft triangular site resulted in this unique solution.  “The house the husband grew up in was too old and small for them. I reckon it was built in the 1970s,” shares Lim, of the owners who are in their 60s and retired. Beyond briefing him about…

Studio Wills + Architects uses clever shapes and curated materials to overcome the restricted site of this modernist home

Studio Wills + Architects uses clever shapes and curated materials to overcome the restricted site of this modernist home

Often, the best design emerges from the strictest of constraints. This three-storey house by Studio Wills + Architects is an excellent example and a testament to the architect’s deft hands. Sitting on the highest point of the Adelphi Park Estate in Singapore’s central area, the home’s 6,199sqft plot enjoys a sweeping view of its low-rise landed neighbourhood and the distant…

CZARL Architects designs 3ASG House, a brutalist-style bungalow that resembles a tiered village

CZARL Architects designs 3ASG House, a brutalist-style bungalow that resembles a tiered village

One good class bungalow composed of a series of interconnected villas. This sums up a project by Czarl Architects in Singapore’s prime residential neighbourhood of District 11. Sited at the junction of two roads on a fan-shaped, multi-tiered, 989.4sqm plot that slopes up from the front to the rear, the house, which has individual units elevated on the different levels,…

Periphery Apartment by Studio SKLIM celebrates the undulating contours of its building’s architecture

Periphery Apartment by Studio SKLIM celebrates the undulating contours of its building’s architecture

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: the mid-century modern Eames Elephant that stands watch in the master suite of the Periphery Apartment, designed by the award-winning Studio SKLIM. Designed in 1945, the compound curves of the decorative plywood figure was so technically challenging that it didn’t go into serial production until some six decades later – roughly about…