The owner of this 500sqf conservation shophouse apartment in River Valley was drawn to its iconic windows, and leads a bachelor’s pared-down life that makes living largely comfortable in his shoe-box home.
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Despite its compact size, the home does not look claustrophobic because of the traditional shophouse windows that front the apartment, bringing in lots of sunlight.
Space, or the lack of it, was the challenge the 38-year-old faced moving into the studio apartment in Buona Vista.
But it helped that she has an eye for design. The result is a home in which every item has been carefully selected, such as a see-through glass table so “you don’t feel that it’s there”.
Wong, whose renovation and furniture cost under $18,000, says: “I didn’t want the home to be a big, open area. I broke up the space and chose a design with clean, basic lines, so guests don’t actually realise how small the home is.”
Naval architecture graduate Jay Chia has always had an interest in design and an eye for detail, so when it came to designing his own home, he knew what he wanted – a cosy contemporary-style space with dark hues and earthy tones, even if the apartment was only 604sqf.
He kept his bedroom simple, using Marimekko fabric as artwork, positioned within a black frame that takes the place of a headboard.