Local Architecture Research + Design

Local Architecture Research + Design is founded by Cheung Yu Ting and Clifford See, ex-colleagues who came together with a common vision and delight in creating honest, clever and crafted spaces. The practice name is derived from the process in which each project begins. Understanding the locality of the site context, which will inform the light, wind and views, the architecture of the existing and surrounding environment allows them to capitalise on the potentials and mitigate the constraints. Every client and project comes with unique requirements and desires, which, through a combination of extensive research, exploration and questioning, they are then fully equipped to design a well-resolved space for the user. Good architecture, they believe, is one that is ingrained in the plan, where one line meets another in perfect unison and harmony.

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A bungalow designed by Local Architecture Research + Design in the Dunearn estate is topped with a “sun hat” 

A bungalow designed by Local Architecture Research + Design in the Dunearn estate is topped with a “sun hat” 

Houses with starkly outlined pitched roofs in Singapore are common enough. What is less heard of is them being likened to “a sun hat worn by farmers”. This is exactly how Local Architecture Research + Design described a bungalow it designed in the Dunearn estate. Less visible is the sizable kitchen, which takes up almost two-thirds of the first storey, included at the request of one of the owners who is deeply passionate about the culinary arts.  Another feature of the two-and-a-half-storey residence is the play of light and dark – something that is immediately apparent on the façade, through the use of grey tones. Collectively, they come together in response to the brief for a home that is “simple, timeless and elegant…with a really big kitchen”, says Cheung Yuting, the Principal Architect of the practice.  Collaborating with him on this project is 4PLUS8, an interior fit-out solutions firm helmed by Andrew Lim. While Cheung provided the bones for the house, Lim worked closely with the owner to customise the kitchen, as well as provide cabinetry in the entryway, living…