Kaizen Architecture

Kaizen Architecture is a Singapore-based group of architects, furniture designers and digital natives. It believes in the continual improvement of lifestyles, urban landscapes and perception of society through architecture. It pursues the evolution of impact and inspiration as being firstly rooted in the principles of scale, form, proportion and composition before rethinking standard perceptions and norms of architecture and space making. It is in creating spatial, programmatic and material ironies that spark conversations and evoke memories that liberates its work as architects to fill the earth with relevant, timeless appendix of architecture that improves contemporary life.

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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 the design ambitions that find material realisation are anything but. Terrace Flat is a child of lockdown; its leitmotif is multi-functionality. The project began with the tearing down of its internal walls, turning a warren of bed and living rooms into a single space with abundant natural light front and back. In their place, Keng erected a three-sided plywood screen-like structure, providing a seamless demarcation between the different areas.  The circulation route, guided visually by the gentle curves of the structure, takes one around the flat from the living and working areas, to the sleeping area, bathroom, kitchen and back to the living area. The structure additionally houses a storage and logistical hub servicing each of these functions, including a…

Q&A with Melvin Keng, Kaizen Architecture: Storytelling is an integral part of our design approach

Q&A with Melvin Keng, Kaizen Architecture: Storytelling is an integral part of our design approach

Give us a little biography. What inspired you to become a designer? It began when I was five or six years old and I used to sketch skyscrapers and play with Lego blocks. It seemed like my fascination for architecture started early. When I was in high school, I also took up an art elective course and the final-year project was actually an interior design project inspired by musical instruments. However, when I was applying for college, I actually failed the entrance exam to the Architecture course. That didn’t stop me and I applied a second time (against my parents’ wishes). The rest is history. Who are the three designers, past or present, whom you most admire? Why? I am very influenced by the Modern Masters (the likes of Le Corbusier and Mies Van Der Rohe). This is probably because of my foundation training and constant exposure to their works in person during office study trips. It’s very fascinating how some of their ideas have withstood the test of time and remained very relevant in our present day.  Kengo Kuma…