House Tour: A 60-year-old apartment gets an ultra-modern revamp with "smart glass" interiors
Rangoon Road Main living room
Out with the old, in with a contemporary abode that boasts plenty of breathing space and a sleek monochromatic palette.
A collaborative effort between two design practices, RYHT and ZYNC, this 1,400 sq ft walk-up apartment along Rangoon Road with one bedroom and two bathrooms is home to a couple in their 40s, and who are in the finance industry.
Rangoon Road living room TV
A monochromatic, minimalist space doesn’t have to feel sterile and the interiors are proof of that.
The couple offered minimal creative direction, aside from wanting the old apartment injected with a dose of luxe modernity, lots of room for entertaining, and adequate storage. Left mostly to their own creative devices, the design team subscribed to a timeless black-and-white palette with plenty of warmth and textures, thanks to dark wood elements, sleek marble furnishings, as well as pops of colour from loose furniture and a contemporary art piece.
The living area is artfully broken up with a curation of mostly bespoke furniture, creating an open layout that’s ideal for hosting guests. Large glass windows allow for plenty of natural light and a view of the outdoors.
Rangoon Road kitchen
The wet kitchen, comprising the sink, hood and induction hob, is designed with handle-free, flat-front cabinets for a clean aesthetic that blends seamlessly with the rest of the home.
A dry kitchen that also pulls double duty as a bar is ideal for the couple’s love for entertaining. Outside, a balcony offers a cosy hangout spot.
In a brilliant design move that alludes to a sense of openness while offering privacy, “smart glass” or electrochromic glass is used extensively throughout the home. These define the living spaces, but turn opaque with the flick of a switch.
Rangoon Road bar storage
A hallway of mirrored panels conceals the entrance to the bedroom, shoe cabinet and the store room. Paired with the clever use of dark timber accents, it lends to the illusion of an infinite walkway.
The subdued grey and white palette of the master bedroom creates a soothing sanctuary with black accents that create visual impact.
Rangoon Road bathroom
Sophistication saturates the en suite bathroom, which has a free-standing bathtub and two separate marble washstands. Here, the “smart glass” panels create a divide between the bathroom, a walk-in wardrobe, and the bedroom.
The renovations, which cost $300k, took nearly 4 months to complete.