From HDB flats to private apartments and landed properties, here are 10 impressive homes to steal ideas for your own.
24 May 2019
Text by Lookbox Living
Well-designed interiors can improve the quality of life, which is why many engage the services of interior designers to materialise their dream homes. Whether you prefer the Scandinavian, Japandi, minimalist or maximalist, we bring you into ten award-winning homes and let you in on what makes them truly impressive.
This is a 5-room HDB flat in Sengkang, designed by wee studio. Home to the couple who run the interior design practice, the flat’s design is an experimentation with materials and design details, and is a fantastic space for entertaining. Standout features include an island counter that doubles as dining table and TV console, as well as bold graphic tiles!
Designed for a young family, the individual private spaces in this apartment are planned out like a house within a house, where the bedrooms and study spaces are clustered behind birch plywood volumes that double up as the distributed storage for the house. This frees up more windows for natural daylight to pass through. A system of wooden CNC-cut operable geared louvers also helps regulate airflow. See entire home here.
This modern courtyard house sculpted by two distinct and bold geometric travertine-clad cantilevered volumes was conceptualised as the homeowners’ dream house that would be their definitive family home. Included in the wishlist was a six-car garage and 25m-long pool.
The homeowner desired a home that could cover the requirements of Live, Work and Play. To create a variety of functions in this petite 463sqft apartment, a singular multi-functional space was designed with the most distinct feature being a single sculptural landscape that forms the bed, sofa, work and dining space. Volumes beneath this sculptural form also offer up loads of practical storage. See full project feature here.
This three-storey semi-detached house, designed by Atelier Here, features a prayer space that’s been designed as a sanctuary punctured only by daylight. An eight-metre long cabinet here incorporates bookshelves and storage space, while screening this space from the rest of the house. As for the rest of the house, colours and textures are also kept to a minimum to create stillness and visually bring in exterior’s surrounding greenery.
The designers have removed all non-structural walls and dramatically reconfigured the entire 5-room HDB layout. The most creative element is the large wooden crate that they have installed right in the centre of the home, which houses a series of rooms. See entire home here.
A brand new one-bedroom condominium unit with run-of-the-mill finishes is transformed into a space that feels like a sanctuary, and with a palette that is engaging yet soothing to the senses. The design also makes efficient use of space.
In an attempt to express physical and visual connections within the apartment, a new layout was introduced with a set of walls to delineate the common and private areas diagonally on a plan. This expanded the floor area of the master bedroom and effectively created a direct path between the bedroom and the en suite, which was previously not possible. Glass panels are also installed in the living areas and master bedroom to capitalise on the views of the rain trees outside. See entire home here.
This gentleman’s apartment has been designed for entertaining, and the display of art and objects. To balance the need for privacy and daylight, the windows of this ground floor apartment feature custom pivot screens whose patterns are inspired by iron grilles commonly seen in the estate in the olden days. Each window becomes an aperture, where transparency is fine-tuned via both the angle of the pivot screens and the alignment of its two layers.
Whimsical yet functional, the master bedroom and en suite have been converted into a paradise for the client’s physically challenged child. The bed frame is designed like a house to encourage the child to sleep alone while the bathroom is opened up to allow easy access. For a calming effect, a muted blue colour palette is used throughout the handicapped-friendly space.
All 10 of these award-winning homes were the winners of Lookbox Design Awards 2017 & 2018. Submissions for Lookbox Design Awards 2019 is now open. Interior designers, submit your best residential projects by 17 July and you might be our next winners!
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