Three generations get to enjoy the dream of living in a home that bears traces of their Peranakan roots.
17 May 2021
Home Type: 5-bedroom terrace house
Floor Area: 4,000sqft
Text by Stephanie Peh
AMP Design Co. removed the car porch to create a living room spacious enough to host the big family and their relatives during gatherings. Various elements such as plush fabrics and generous seating complete the space and give it a homely feel as one gazes up at the double volume ceiling that reveals bedroom windows, recalling air wells seen in old shophouses.
This house bears Peranakan influences while remaining timeless, modern and liveable. Dramatic textures are reined in by a pared-down palette that includes dark wood, white cabinets and black tiles. Peranakan inspired elements were delivered in small doses, giving the home an identity without overwhelming visually.
The false ceiling was opened up to expose the original wooden truss structure, which is reminiscent of old shophouses. Cove lighting accentuates the existing concrete beams and ensures that the high-ceilinged bedroom is well lit to create a cosy ambience. An existing balcony was also converted into an enclosed bay window area, in consideration of the homeowners’ needs.
To ensure safety for the children and the elderly, rounded edges frame the centrepiece island, which facilitates efficiency in the kitchen. While the overall kitchen palette is timeless with lush dark wood, minimalist white cabinet fronts and brass accents, Peranakan-inspired mosaic tiles add a pop of colour to the homogeneous full-height storage wall.
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