House Tour: Sustainable terrace house in Serangoon designed by architect-owner

Theodore Chan’s 30-year architectural career has been a colourful one - namely, green. He spent much of his time on eco-friendly projects such as Yishun Community Hospital and National University Hospital Medical Centre. Earlier this year, he was conferred a Green Architect title by the Singapore Green Building Council and the Building and Construction Authority.

So when it came to designing his home, “It was only right that I walk the talk,” says the senior director at CIAP Architects.

Home is a 3,900 sq ft two-storey plus attic intermediate terrace house in Serangoon Gardens which he shares with his wife Delphine Sng, a potter and artist.

The house is both an example of how to live sustainably and comfortably in Singapore’s tropical climate and how to create unique spaces you can’t have in an apartment.

“You can do more with the space in a landed property, so there’s no point making it box-like, like in an apartment, says the former Singapore Institute of Architects president.