Incredible space transformation of a 1970s flat

This 752-square-foot flat for a bachelor has been dramatically transformed into a ‘one-room apartment’ with a most unusual layout.

  • Incredible space transformation of a 1970s flat

Home Type: 3-room HDB flat

Floor Area: 752sqft

Text by Janice Seow

There is little to hint that this stylish home for a bachelor was once a regular resale flat from the ‘70s. Not least because it offers the most unusual experience where one can walk a full circle around the unit – thanks to a bold and complete space transformation by Insight.Out Studio.

3-room flat floor plan

As seen from the floor plan, the designers have connected all the rooms such that the different zones flow easily from one to the next. One bedroom (the master suite) has been made slightly smaller to accommodate a spacious foyer/walkway. One can enter the master bedroom from here through fluted bi-fold glass doors, and continue on into the second room (now the walk-in wardrobe), followed by the dual entry Jack and Jill bathroom (made larger as a combined common and master toilet), kitchen/dining area and living space. Or, do it in the reverse!

3-room flat space transformation

The repositioning of the bedroom entrance away from the entertainment area and towards the newly formed foyer/walkway also gives the owner some added privacy when guests are over.

Capitalising on the unit’s elongated layout, walls between the living area and kitchen/dining space have been completely demolished, amplifying the length of the flat and serving to make the entire communal area feel a whole lot more open and equipped for socialising. Walls with niches have also been levelled throughout to achieve a clean and seamless canvas.

curved console

A curved console eases the transition from the entryway into the living space. Floor to ceiling cabinetry with space-efficient pocket doors stretch into the kitchen to house and conceal the pantry and appliances to maintain a clutter-free and minimalist interior.

kitchen island in 3-room flat

In this new free-flowing plan, a large island is the focal point that anchors the space, becoming the hub for socialising and the regular game nights and cookouts that the owner loves to host.

space transformation of 3-room flat

The bedroom’s bi-fold doors offer the option of opening up the space entirely to house more guests when necessary. With storage being ever more vital in a small space, the designers have inserted an elevated storage deck that stretches from the entrance of the sleeping quarters to where the walk-in wardrobe is situated. It offers additional seating, when needed, and just enough multi-use storage space underneath for bigger items that aren’t often used.

walk-in wardrobe in three-room flat

Besides being used on the bedroom doors, fluted glass panels are strategically incorporated on custom furniture and other doorways to draw light deeper into the space – ultimately creating a welcoming abode that looks and feels so much bigger than before.

jack and jill bathroom with green tiles

The space transformation of this once humble three-room flat into a modernised and flexible dwelling shows the possibilities that can be had with HDB housing.

jack and jill bathroom with green tiles

Insight.Out Studio

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