Choosing to purchase a home built half a century ago presents an interesting set of problems. From its old design, to fittings and finishes that have degraded over time; these homes are often seen as unappealing and in need of a large investment to transform the house from one that looks dilapidated and dated to one which is designed to suit the lifestyles expected today.
If budget permits and the will strong, these homes can be transformed into modern abodes designed to suit the owners individual tastes whether from an architectural or interior design viewpoint. Which is what was done for this terrace house that has been redesigned and re-envisioned for its owners by Atelier M+A in Singapore. Immediately apparent is its redesigned exterior which moves away from the more conventional design of its neighbours. It's original two storey structure is redesigned and rebuilt with a more modern contemporary design while the original pitched roof was replaced with a modern cube shaped designed infused with large glass and window slits allowing more sunlight into the home proper.
With the brightness of the interior, the styling takes on a simple yet lovely contrast. White colour is used as the dominant colour scheme and contrasted by black elements in the form of the frames of the sliding glass doors. Softer colours for the fabric of the sofa and throw pillows gives a more cozy feel while solid timber tv cabinet, single seater chairs and dining chairs adds an element that feels more alive against the white interior.
The upper floors dominated by timber flooring creates warm yet cozy spaces for the more private spaces. With its combination of elements combined with its unique design, this 50-year old terrace house has been beautifully rejuvenated into a stylish and modern home. One that has been nicely brought up to speed with today's more urban lifestyle.
Photography by Robert Such, Masaki Harimoto, Ng Aihwa.