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Art Design Tatler’s Best Local Homes 2015

Tatler’s Best Local Homes 2015

Tatler’s Best Local Homes 2015
By Singapore Tatler
March 10, 2016

Presenting six of the most well-received home projects and features of 2015.


Best Architectural Design

A City Refuge
This project was completed by Tsok Wui Chong of Md.Ma Design Consultants. The 5,676 sq ft landed property has 6,621 sq ft of built-up space. Its unique architecture comprises two building blocks arranged on either side of a central courtyard, connected by a long wall. The block in front houses two storeys, while the block behind is built with three storeys.

The feature on the Lim family home, situated in the Holland road area, was an instant crowd pleaser because of its open-plan design and unique dual-block concept. The simplicity of the architectural elements provides a perfect backdrop for the elegant interior design and styling. “The pavilion concept doesn’t just break down the massing. It also engages the outdoors by bringing in the landscape and water elements, giving the interior a semi-outdoor quality and making the spaces seem bigger,” Tsok explains.

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Best Luxury Apartment Concept

Urban Oasis
The interior design of this project was completed by Tan Sze Ling, design director of Topic Studio. The 2,852 sq ft four-bedroom suite is located in the heart of Orchard road and offers easy access to the shopping belt below. 

Art and contemporary elegance take centrestage in the design of this luxurious suite belonging to the Cheong family. The spaces are shared by sculptures by Jesus Curia and artworks by Cultural Medallion winner Lee Hock Moh, Georgette Chen and Chen Wen Hsi, among others. The soothing palette comprises soft shades of cream, camel and beige. According to Tan, “The design incorporates a mix of Oriental and Western influences to create a luxurious cosmopolitan look that is rich in details and material textures.”

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Best Family Home Concept

In Good Company
This 5,000 sq ft landed property project, belongs to homeowners Rachel Lee and Tan Siow Chua. The interior design of the 6,500 built-up space was conceptualised by Designworx Interior Consultants. The four-storey bungalow comes with six bedrooms, a gymnasium and ample spaces for gatherings and socialising.

This feature was popular with the readers because the design of the home was in line with the lifestyle needs of the homeowners. Both directors of SC Auto Industries, a company that designs and manufactures premium luxury coaches, much of their free time is also poured into grassroots activities. So making time in their busy lives to catch up on the day’s happenings with the rest of the family or entertaining friends and relatives is something they relish. The interior design team took great lengths to include aspects of their personalities and hobbies into the home.

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Best Modern Minimalist Design

Suite Sensitivity
A project by designer Edmund Ng, this 7,180 sq ft property boasts 9,200 sq ft of built-up space. Situated in the Eastern part of Singapore, the main living areas had to be elevated from the street level according to guidelines by URA. As the estate had been with the family for 47 years, the homeowers decided for a complete overhaul of the existing home.

"We wanted a house that can open up fully, with floor-to-ceiling windows all around so that there is abundant light and ventilation throughout the house,” says the homeowner. “We also made sure that there was a provision for a lift for when we age,” she adds. The open concept continues to the dry kitchen that is designed like an alcove off the corridor with an informal island bench and bar stool seating. It extends out onto the mineral pool and this is where the family spends most of their time.

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Best Conservative Home Project


Ageless Elegance
This conservation shophouse project is a submission by local firm Ong & Ong Pte Ltd. The 2,117 sq ft property offers 4,348 sq ft of built-up space and belongs to a French-Singaporean couple. Originally built between 1900 and 1940, the shophouse had been drastically altered during its previous incarnation as an office.

This feature garnered special attention because of the uniqueness of the estate’s heritage status. Key objectives of the restoration process were established after discussions between the homeowners and architects, Diego Molina and Maria Arango from Ong&Ong Pte Ltd. “It was important to introduce maximum light into the long and dark space and to improve the ventilation and airflow throughout the house,” says Molina.  “While we wanted a modern design, it was important to keep some elements of the past as reminders of the home’s history,” the homeowner explains.

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Best Contemporary Home Design


Faith In Design
This interior design project was helmed by Cameron Woo of Cameron Woo Designs (CWD) and featured in the June issue. The 16,000 sq ft good class bungalow boasts 11,000 sq ft of built-up space. Most of the elements in the home were personally designed by Woo and made specifically to suit the preferences of the homeowners. The two-storey home comes with a basement as well as a pool terrace. 

The generous amount of space in this home meant that the designer had to take into account the proportion of the spaces. The music room, formal living and television area are conceived as three spaces in one. “It’s human behaviour for people in a party to form smaller groups to carry on conversations and mingle. The pools of seating reflect this behaviour where people can still be in the same room but feel comfortable in their own space,” Woo explains. He also included details, such as using rare coconut wall panelling, to add character to the home. 

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