LATO Architects/Design

LATO Architects/Design is an award-winning, boutique-sized architecture and interior design firm providing a complete scope of professional design services and project management for both residential and commercial projects. LATO Architects/Design was established in 2001 and is a corporate member of the Singapore Institute of Architects and the Interior Design Confederation of Singapore. The practice is headed by Lim Ai Tiong, who holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture with Honours from the University of Newcastle, Australia. It has always been obsessed with solving the problem of disintegrated spaces by improving and amalgamating the intimacies between the different areas and activities in a building.

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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…