Houzz Tour: Terrace Adds Fresh, Modern Character to Neighbourhood
The contemporary, climate-sensitive rebuild was done as the owners required more space
House at a Glance
Who Lives Here: A yuppie couple, with parents and a domestic helper
Location: Yio Chu Kang
Type of Property: Three-storey corner terrace house
Size: Approximately 3,500 square feet (gross floor area), with seven bedrooms
Project duration: 12 months
Designers: Tan Cher Ming (lead architect) and Erica Chan (architect associate) of Ming Architects
The previous house was razed to the ground, and the architects built a new structure with a different programme of spaces for the growing family’s needs.
The architects used Italian Carrara marble and Burmese teak to create a cohesive, contemporary-tropical look from the outside in. “The owner liked some of our previous projects where we used teak [on] ceilings/claddings and we introduced this in a controlled manner for the main living areas. The colour of the wood also fits in well with the contemporary look of the house and helps to ‘soften’ the rectangular edges of the building form,” says lead architect Tan Cher Ming.
On the facade, where privacy and sun shading were required for the second storey, teak vertical louvres provide these functions. This breaks up the scale of the house horizontally into three distinct levels. The teakwood theme continues up to the third storey to the open balcony, which is framed and sheltered by a teak-clad canopy frame.
Marble and granite: Polystone
Tan emphasises the importance of using light-coloured materials: “Semi-detached/terrace houses suffer from dark, enclosed spaces alongside the party wall,” he says. Large picture windows and light-hued and glossy surfaces such as the Italian Carrara marble bring sunlight and brightness in.
On the second storey are three bedrooms, each with ensuite bathrooms, and a family room (not pictured).
Sanitary wares and fittings: Sheano Pte Ltd; Tiles: Rice
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