A double volume living space offers a myriad of design possibilities limited only by the owner’s imagination. This modern minimalist loft apartment in Upper Serangoon by Wolf Woof utilises its double volume to build a study area in its upper level. 

“Having a high ceiling means we can build staircase and loft without compromising spaciousness.”

CARMEN TANG, WOLF WOOF
1. MIND THE CLEARANCE

The minimum comfortable clearance height for the lower level is 2.1m while the loft area should be kept at 5 sqm.

2. DEFINE THE RELATION BETWEEN LEVELS

“What do the clients hope to achieve with the extra loft space? The answer is the deciding factor of how the design will look like,” says Carmen Tang, founder of Wolf Woof.

Some of the questions she asked the homeowner during the design process included:

  • Does the upper level need to be enclosed to minimise noise from the living room below?
  • Is it important to maintain visual connection between levels?
  • Does the living room need to be multi-functional? 
3. DO NOT COMPROMISE ON SAFETY

Railing and sturdy steps on the staircase are must-haves even when the design stipulates maximum airiness and visual connection. Here Carmen achieves a balance by pairing steel pipe railing with floating staircase. 

Photography courtesy of Wolf Woof.