House Tour: Semi-detached house with bright and open-concept interiors
After living in this house for five years, the homeowners decided to demolish and rebuild it. Their brief to Kelvin Bing of Renaissance Planners & Designers was to mitigate the heat from the afternoon sun, as well as create open-concept spaces that promote family interaction and bonding between the couple and their four children.
Awarded the Singapore Good Design Mark (SG Mark) in 2017, the rectangular site of this home lends itself naturally to Cubist aesthetics. The massing of the home resembles a stack of cubes placed on top of one another. The elevations and plan are an expression of the geometric angles, lines and shapes characteristic of the art movement that also inspired architecture, music and literature.
Kelvin conceived the design of the living and dining areas as one linear space. This not only maintains the connection between the two zones, but also enhances cross-ventilation throughout the home. The design also provides a sense of tranquility to the interiors. Full-height sliding glass doors that open out to the side allow for natural ventilation, thereby reducing the reliance on air-conditioning. The water feature running alongside the dining and living room also provides evaporative cooling.
Linear design of the staircase served to enhance and create depth in the house.
Clean lines in the master bedroom and bathroom give the spaces an understated, refined look.