EHKA Studio

EHKA Studio pursues an approach of continuous exploration and logical clarity. Practical considerations like the program, the client’s needs, constructability and the budget are carefully resolved and refined in a poetic solution that seeks to engage human perception.

Leading the firm is Managing Director Hsu Hsia Pin, an alumnus of Raffles Institution, Raffles Junior College and National University of Singapore. He graduated with a Bachelors or Arts (Architecture) as the valedictorian, and Masters in Architecture in 2005. In 2010, he became a Qualified Architect registered under the Board of Architects Singapore. Hsia Pin followed in his father’s footsteps to become an architect. He interned with Tang Guan Bee Architects and CPG Corporation, and worked in HB Design from 2005 to 2007 and Kerry Hill Architects from 2007 to 2011.

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EHKA Studio showcases the concept of spatial porosity in this Primrose Avenue terrace house

EHKA Studio showcases the concept of spatial porosity in this Primrose Avenue terrace house

When EHKA Studio was engaged to overhaul this three-storey, terrace house on Primrose Avenue in Upper East Coast, the brief given by the client sounded deceptively simple. “They wanted a space that was well-ventilated, bright and spacious,” shares Hsu Hsia Pin, the architect who led the team that took charge of the project.  However, those few words encompassed the biggest challenges associated with such properties — a lack of light and ventilation — because terrace houses are traditionally narrow, long and stacked closely together.   Pushing things apart  Hsu’s design solution centred on the idea of spatial porosity. “We broke open the room walls, slabs and the roof to create open, connected and interactive spaces,” he explains. “The porous design enables natural light to permeate the entire house and allows the residents to experience large internal volumes. These openings are articulated as abstract squarish portals for light and visual connection.” For inspiration, Hsu looked at some of Singapore’s heritage buildings with the same issues. “Taking cues from long terrace plot typologies, such as Singapore’s historic shophouses where airwells provide a solution…