Loft and found – akiHAUS Design Studio

akiHAUS Design Studio has turned this duplex apartment into a loft-like space with seemingly-raised ceilings through smart structural tweaks

  • Loft and found – akiHAUS Design Studio

Text by Disa Tan

Project type: 2 bedroom + 2 study duplex condo
Floor area: 1,446sqft

The original floor plan was clumsy as it held pockets of underutilised spaces, and Lawrence Puah, founder and design director of akiHAUS Design Studio, wanted to change that. The walls of the kitchen and one bathroom have been demolished to achieve an open floor plan. Custom-built fixtures are coloured British racing green, and the refreshed layout also features new mock beams and a column for better visual symmetry.

akihaus design studio duplex apartment project

The art of illusion comes to the fore in the dining area. Lawrence has inserted paned mirrors onto the ceiling to dramatically enhance the sense of vertical space and create an atmosphere of elegant grandeur. Teak flooring now replaces the previous marble-look floors for a warmer touch, and frames an embedded installation of black and white tiles.

akihaus design studio duplex apartment project

As the homeowners enjoy entertaining and also require a home office, the communal spaces needed to be multipurpose to support their living, working and hosting needs. Bifold doors can cordon off the study, or can be left open to accommodate guests. Propellers collected by the homeowners decorate the walls.

akihaus design studio duplex apartment project

In the upper-level walk-in wardrobe that used to be the master bedroom, mirrors are used on the sloped ceiling to create a window-like effect and to give the space a loft-like feel. The wardrobe features louvred cabinet doors that temper the humidity of our tropical climate. Overlooking the balcony and the entrance to the new master bedroom, the dressing table also doubles as a secondary study when both owners are working from home.

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