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Kelvin Bing (not pictured)
LANDSCAPE AND INTERIOR DESIGNER
Kartika Karel Limantara (left)
Sandy Lee (middle)
Velauthapillai Kumarathasan (right)
469 MacPherson Road
Semi-detached house in Jalan Pintau
1,940sqf (land area)
After living in this house for five years, the homeowners decided to demolish and rebuild it. Their brief to Kelvin was to mitigate the heat from the afternoon sun, as well as create open-concept spaces that promote family interaction and bonding between the couple and their four children.
Awarded the Singapore Good Design Mark (SG Mark) in 2017, the rectangular site of this home lends itself naturally to Cubist aesthetics. The massing of the home resembles a stack of cubes placed on top of one another. The elevations and plan are an expression of the geometric angles, lines and shapes characteristic of the art movement that also inspired architecture, music and literature.
Kelvin conceived the design of the living and dining areas as one linear space. This not only maintains the connection between the two zones, but also enhances cross-ventilation throughout the home. The design also provides a sense of tranquility to the interiors. Full-height sliding glass doors that open out to the side allow for natural ventilation, thereby reducing the reliance on air-conditioning. The water feature running alongside the dining and living room also provides evaporative cooling.
Linear design of the staircase served to enhance and create depth in the house.
A sloping cantilever on the third storey acts as a barrier against the harsh afternoon sun, while creating visual tension between floors.
Penthouse in Savannah Condopark
After having lived in their penthouse for 15 years, the homeowners felt that it was time to reconfigure their apartment to better suit the needs of the family, especially as their three children are now teenagers.
The couple, who are in their 40s, wanted a contemporary-style home where they can entertain guests and spend time as a family. They also wanted spaces and rooms that each family member can call their own and where they can pursue their personal interests.
The lady of the house is an avid cook and baker who loves to experiment with different cuisines and cooking styles. Kelvin designed an open-concept dry kitchen with a large island countertop, where she can interact with her husband and children, or mingle with guests while cooking.
The dry kitchen has plenty of built-in storage cabinets constructed using African blackwood, to accommodate the wifeʼs arsenal of culinary equipment.
The family area, affectionately referred to as the “den”, is where the family hangs out. This is where they watch TV together, or simply catch up on their day.
The master suites comprise the bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and a master bathroom. The use of a slightly darker palette creates a cosy ambience. A reading corner heightens the relaxing mood. The dark travertine walls and floor of the master bathroom – together with a sunken bath – give it a cave-like, cocooning quality that is conducive for unwinding after a long day.