Designed to provide ultimate flexibility, this two-storey apartment shifts seamlessly from a cosy home with three bedrooms to a stylish single-bedroom, art gallery-like penthouse for a couple and their dog.
Located along the rows of shophouses on Thomson Road, this two-storey penthouse apartment had three bedrooms and multiple awkward corners in its original, compartmentalised layout.
Working in the spatial design and communications fields, the couple chose the area because it was their childhood hangout spot, picturing their home as an oasis of serenity and calmness.
They prioritised having a space to relax and unwind with their three-year-old Shetland Sheepdog after a long day, as well as being able to house and display their ever-growing toy and art print collections.
Enlisted to help them translate this vision to reality was the design team behind Craftsmen Studio. “The brief was to create a space with calming, earthy tones, to maximise natural lighting and to allow the space to be configurable and spacious, adapting to their changing lifestyle needs,” shares studio principal Tristan Wu.
He approached the design by opening up the floor plan, replacing solid walls with folding and sliding doors and partitions to increase spatial flexibility, plus imbuing them with a slew of clever design elements that make the most of the apartment’s footprint.
The design did away with the wall separating the guest room and the living-dining space, creating one seamless open area. In its place are new sliding and bi-fold doors, which can carve out a temporary guest room when needed.
The second level houses the main bedroom and a study with an outdoor space. The study can also be easily converted into a second guest room or even a yoga room on demand.
Elegantly limited to white walls and three complementary wood laminates, the material palette creates a neutral canvas for the artwork and furniture.
Perhaps the most inspiring highlight of the design, the corridor is dedicated to the owners’ art collection and enhanced by an eye-catching archway. It starts at the foyer and stretches from the kitchen all the way up the staircase.
Adding to this are wall panels and carpentry doors installed with concealed tracks that serve as additional spaces to hang the art pieces. The bay windows are equipped with generous, deep storage compartments that double up as extra seating during large gatherings.
From top to bottom, this unique penthouse apartment demonstrates how you can craft a home that’s highly artistic and perfectly functional at the same time.
This post was adapted from an article first published in the May 2023 issue of SquareRooms.