The homeowners of this Housing Development Board (HDB) apartment flat in Holland Close, Singapore are a young married couple with a newborn, who wanted a home designed to accommodate an evolving family over the forthcoming years.
Project Name: Holland Close
Architect Name: Studiomyte
Studio Myte saw this as an opportunity to challenge the archetypal HDB flat layout and to re-imagine a way of living for a young, growing family within the spatial constraints of a 1,000 sqft apartment.
An open plan was designed, combining the living, dining and kitchen areas into a single large open space. This allows the couple to accommodate large gatherings comfortably. Light can also stream into this space through the glass partition separating this space from the adjacent study, making the open plan feel bright and spacious.
To create something special for this space, a large sliding door fashioned from a single raw wooden slab was designed. Apart from serving as a gateway separating the social and private zones of the home, the door added an artistic touch as a backdrop to the open plan.
Beyond this door, there was originally a long narrow corridor leading to the common bathroom and bedrooms. The corridor was eliminated by creating an interstitial family gathering area at the heart of the home. In turn, this area was separated from the children’s bedroom by an operable folding partition, so both spaces could be combined. Apart from serving to create additional usable space, this gesture allowed the couple be even closer to their child in his earlier years, with the flexibility to transform the space for other uses later.
Studio Myte is a husband-and-wife design team based in Singapore consisting of Mei Ying and Terence (My + Te = Myte!). While they specialise in planning, designing and styling spaces, they are a multi-disciplinary design consultancy interested in all things related to design.
Terence and Mei Ying are partners in design who don’t always agree on everything! They believe in design as a conversation and a process, and are always looking to challenge the boundaries of conventional design.
Terence is, in fact, also a registered Architect with the Board of Architects, Singapore and has recently started his own architectural practice. His first architectural projects are in the works and will be completed in the not-too-distant future!