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A Sleek and Sophisticated Singapore Shop House Renovation

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A traditional facade of colonial architecture in Singapore masks a surprising twist within.

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The dark warren of former rooms have been scraped out and replaced with a huge elegant space that connects across its center by stairwells, with a master bedroom suite and the children’s two bedrooms above the kitchen and the living room.

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A Koi pond anchors the unusual plan, offering a visual feast for those traversing the stairwells.

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At one extreme of the long narrow site, a kitchen and dining room is behind the Koi pond.

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While on the other side of the Koi pond, the living room is separated from the dining room yet connected to it, in a way that facilitates entertaining.

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Because this ground floor has been eviscerated, leaving one long room, there is more of a sense of extensive space – so important in cramped Singapore.

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Beautifully crafted stairs taking you up to the private rooms above appear like sculptures circling the pond, which is now a well lighted space lit by a huge central skylight.

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Throughout the new house, the gleaming combination of dark wood and smooth and glossy surfaces – water, glass, marble – create a cool and sophisticated ambiance.

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While the original configuration did not suit modern living, now the overall effect is of a sleek, grownup, urbane space, thanks to Singapore’sRichardHO Architects.

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