An urban sanctuary to take things easy

Behind this apartment’s pared back interior is a well-curated home that prioritises thoughtful design details.

  • An urban sanctuary to take things easy

Home Type: 3-bedroom condominium

Floor Area: 1,066sqft

Text by Redzman Rahmat

In our bustling city, home is a natural respite where families come together to enjoy personal time. For the young couple staying in this apartment at Forest Woods Residences, home is also where they can raise and nurture their newborn baby. With the help of interior design studio Hock Hoon, their three-bedroom condo has been outfitted with child-friendly designs that embrace and celebrate the minimalist movement.

urban sanctuary apartment project by Hock Hoon

The apartment exudes a dreamy disposition with its neutral earth tones and soft edges, and is the very definition of an urban sanctuary. “The clients were quite open-minded,” says designer Ng Ci En. “They didn’t have much of an idea of what they wanted to do in their space when they came to me, since it had such a linear layout.”

The long and relatively narrow floor plan required Ci En to come up with unique design ideas. His first step was to visualise where the television cabinet, dining table and sofa would be situated. He also wanted to have a clear delineation between the foyer and the actual living quarters.

3-bedroom apartment project by Hock Hoon

To that end, Ci En compartmentalised the floor plan into subtle yet distinct zones. A wraparound design forms the backing of the living room before curving perpendicularly to form a nook for the dining area. This clever design separates the living and dining areas from foyer, while also acting as a countertop space that incorporates the shoe storage.

urban sanctuary apartment project by Hock Hoon

The compact dining area, in particular, features a built-in bench and dining table. The customised table features a semi-round shape, with a quartz top and black steel legs.


With a newborn baby in the house, the designer has seen to it that there are no sharp edges or potential safety hazards. He has incorporated soft edges and rounded corners into his designs; it may be a small detail but it lends to the home’s softness and even balances out the apartment’s linear layout.

urban sanctuary apartment project by Hock Hoon

Dark wood panels stretch along the television cabinet. Its rectilinear design anchors the space, adding warmth to the home while providing plenty of storage and display options.

living room project by Hock Hoon

In a space as pared down as this home, the beauty lies in its simplicity and detailing. Another example is the use of stucco paint on the wall. It complements the earthy colour palette, but introduces a textured surface that’s easy on the eyes.

bedroom project by Hock Hoon

Similarly, the bedroom exudes a laid-back vibe that’s consistent with the rest of the home. The swatches of dark wood, soft grey panels and off-white walls come together to create an urban sanctuary for rest and relaxation.

Hock Hoon

Get the Look
Architectural lights from Sol Luminaire
PH 2/1 table lamp from Louis Poulsen
Laminates from Lamitak
Quartz tabletop from Lian Hin
Stucco paint on wall from WallHub

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