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Space wide open

This flat is made more spacious without any sacrifices to functionality or intimacy – thanks to a great balance of colour, texture, and space.

Home Type: 5-room HDB

Floor Area: 1,300 sqft

This bright and beautiful HDB flat, designed by Lawrence Tan from Third Avenue Studio, exudes a sense of elegance and modernity that is at once soothing and inviting. The white walls and spaciousness is well balanced out with the use of wood surfaces that lend warmth and texture.

In the living room, the TV feature wall takes centrestage, creating an atmosphere of warmth and cosiness with its wood grain texture and vertical grooves lines. The customised TV console provides space for storage and entertainment peripherals while its “floating” design adds to the sense of spaciousness in this home.

The strategic removal of walls is key to creating open spaces while maintaining functionality. Since one of the bedrooms will be used as a study, Lawrence decided to hack away the walls between the living and the bedroom to improve the spatial flow. Besides the removal of walls, Lawrence also installed tinted glass panels to amplify the flow of light.


Over at the kitchen, the same colour scheme of white and wood grain textures is applied on the cabinets and countertops. Instead of knocking down the entire wall of the kitchen, Lawrence designed a half-height wall extended with a countertop that functions as a bar and breakfast counter.

Bi-fold glass windows allow the cooking space to be enclosed whenever necessary, to prevent cooking smells from entering the rest of the home. This semi open-concept kitchen design allows for an improved flow of light and air throughout the apartment, providing the homeownerswith an extremely spacious feel.


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