Benign ‘See-Through’ Renovation in Singapore from Wallflower | Home Design Find

Home Design Find

No Comments »

Benign ‘See-Through’ Renovation in Singapore from Wallflower

8 architecture

This charming little townhouse is a renovation of an old Singapore Mews house that was extraordinarily poorly designed.

3 architecture

This was its barely liveable windowless floor plan! Ripe for a radical makeover, but how to do that while staying within the long, narrow, windowless exterior wall?

4 architecture

With too many walls, and no light from each side, none of the rooms were liveable.

2 architecture

Here is the makeover proposed by Singapore’s Wallflower Architecture and Design.

Note the square courtyard in its center (10).

1 architecture

This central courtyard lights up all three ‘rooms’ to each side, the living the dining, and…

6 architecture

…the bedroom.

The light from the one small courtyard gets recycled between all three ‘rooms’.

7 architecture

That one change, by bringing light down into the center of the long space makes all the difference to the house.

8 architecture

Then, the architects opened up the entire back wall of the house, so light comes in from the back garden.

Previously, the perfunctory yard was entered by a tiny foyer off to the side of a closed room, so absolutely no light could enter from the back yard.

5 architecture

Now a simple and elegant gallery kitchen area in the main space offers direct egress to the back garden.

11 architecture

Similarly, the poky front of the house had no privacy.

10 architecture

In the renovation, this front is fully enclosed, and is a private space that can only be seen with the gates open, as here.

9 architecture

Now looking out towards the street a private wall and gate blocks the street view, creating a second courtyard in front of the house.

Wallflower has come up with a very brilliant solution for a very difficult site.

You can receive our articles for free in your email inbox or subscribe to our RSS feed. Just enter your email below for the email subscription:

| Buy | Print

Leave a Comment