Turning an old HDB flat into a mid- century modern home, Happe Design Atelier considered the varying needs of a family of five – comprising a married couple, their child and elderly parents – and created spaces for entertaining while maintaining comfort and privacy.
11 May 2023
Text by Stephanie Peh
Project type: 5-room HDB Flat
Floor area: 1,300sqft
With emphasis on the dining table handpicked by the family, this refreshed HDB flat celebrates togetherness, be it family gatherings or a party with friends. On the other hand, pockets of semi-private spaces have also been carved out using bifold glass doors for moments of quiet.
The use of floor-to-ceiling dark wooden panels with accent lighting lends a dramatic flair to the space while creating a cosy atmosphere. Instead of straight panels, the designers opted for smooth curves to break up the space and create a sense of movement, making the small unit seem more dynamic.
“There is a sense of timelessness in the unit, brought forth through the use of dark wood finish that also serves up the mid- century influence,” say the designers. Dark wood-look carpentry has been applied throughout the house, ensuring that the whole space looks seamless. A kitchen island acts as a space divider between the living and dining zones.
The designers included a storeroom for the owners’ bicycles. Instead of erecting a plain wall, the storeroom is concealed with an aluminium sliding door with louvres, turning it into an eye-catching feature. The white panel accentuates the overall dark wood and neutral palette, brightening the living room.
Happe Design Atelier
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