SG.ID Seen is a regular column on Home & Decor, where we pick out some of the most interesting home interior projects completed by designers in Singapore and point out what we like about it.
Ever wondered what you can do with the amount of space in a jumbo HDB apartment? A result of an oversupply of flats in remote areas during the 90s, jumbo flats are units that combine a three- and four-room apartment. These units were introduced for larger families as well as multi-generation homes as they offer seven to eight rooms in all. That’s a lot of space!
However, the jumbo flat concept was halted with the resume in demand for HDB housing. There are only 2,900 jumbo flats throughout Singapore, most of them in far corners like Woodlands and Marsiling, but also a few in Bedok and Ang Mo Kio.
So when the design team at AartBoxx Interior was approached to transform the look of this jumbo apartment, it was a rare chance to show how roomy and modern it could look by hacking down some of the walls.
One of the common things you’ll see in a jumbo flat is a wide and spacious entrance walkway. What the interior designer did was to open up this space by replacing the walls along the walkway into a series of glass panels, lined by a row of shoe cabinets and a bench for getting ready in the mornings. We like the clear and simple white walls, accented by the black-framed glass panels. The contrasting look between the floor colours of the walkway and the steps leading to the main living area also helps to visually segment the different spaces.