Photography VERNON WONG art direction KAFFY TAN & DON TAN
This designer managed to create a cohesive and luxurious abode for everyone in his family, in spite of the different briefs!
WHO A family of six, and six pets
HOM E Three-storey, seven-bedroom bungalow with a basement, on Frankel Street
SIZE 9,000sqf (land), 18,000sqf (built-up)
Solid teak sourced from Indonesia was used heavily in the dry kitchen. The gradient and texture of the material create depth, and frames the space.
Rather than just have a conventional rectangular swimmming pool, Terence added a circular extension to house a jacuzzi. All the rooms were designed to have a balcony, which provides great views of the pool.
Terence used travertine flooring throughout the ground floor to create an understated but luxurious look.
Partial to Statuario marble for its elegance, Terence bought a full slab of it and used it to clad the kitchen island, which contrasts well with the teakwood. Guests enjoy gathering around the island.
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A large slab of granite with line engravings is hung on the wall in the dining area to create a minimalist yet statement-making “work of art”. The teakwood dining table was customised, and matches the colour of wood in the dry kitchen.
Terence’s youngest sister requested an outdoor shower area. The wood-look aluminium trellises from Fascina and plants provide privacy. The stand-alone bathtub sits on a bed of white pebbles, giving the bathroom a resort-like feel.
The largest room in the house is his parents’ room; Terence had to ensure the bathroom was equally impressive. Featuring marbleclad walls, double sinks, large mirrors, and a claw-foot bathtub, the intimate space is luxurious and bright, but not overwhelming.
The pantry at the basement level enjoys a unique view – that of the water (and swimmers) in the pool. Terence cleverly created the “window” so that natural light would filter into the space.
The changing rooms in the basement are just next to the gym and pool. Timber trellises partition the spaces.
The sauna in the basement incorporates an extensive use of pine wood.
Terence designed his open-concept bathroom to be the focal point of his room. With the round tub, the space resembles a Japanese onsen; this is where he spends significant amounts of time relaxing.
“Black is the new white,” proclaims Terence, on his extensive use of black in his room. Black brick walls and a black-andwhite zigzagpatterned rug add texture and detail to the room.
In Terence’s bedroom on the third storey, the same teakwood used in the dry kitchen is used here to create a platform bed, with the headboard extending up to the ceiling to create a canopy.
When Terence Neo, design director of Eightytwo, started work on his family home, he was overwhelmed by the briefs his parents and three siblings had, as they each had different ideas. Expectations aside, the task of designing this house was not like any of his previous projects. “It was a challenge to convince (the family) to adopt certain layouts or materials but, eventually, it worked out,” Terence quips. He handled the interior design, while his father, the developer of the house, appointed an architect and engineer to handle the construction.
Terence wanted a contemporary look for the spacious three-storey structure, with lots of entertainment facilities and features perfect for parties. He chose a theme of black, wood and marble throughout the spaces for a cohesive overall look, as well as large glass panels for natural light and ventilation. These allow the home to enjoy unobstructed views of its surrounding and outdoor landscaped spaces. The renovation cost a cool $1 million (including furnishings, but excluding construction).
WHERE TO GO
Eightytwo, TEL: 6698-7987