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#02-00 Liao Ning Building
19 Tannery Lane
Four-room HDB flat in Bishan
We may be familiar with walk-in wardrobes, but a walk-in shoe closet is an unusual sight. This was one of the requests in the homeownersʼ brief to Kelvin, because they required plenty of storage space for shoes. As the foyer to the flat is narrow, it was impossible to incorporate a walk-in shoe closet near the entrance. The solution was to locate it further to the left of the foyer, with a concealed door complete with wainscoting so it appears to be a continuation of the foyer wall. Kelvin managed to integrate the shoe closet into the interior, yet still position it close enough to the entrance for practical reasons.
The wainscoting continues into the living room, behind which is a hidden compartment for devices and wiring. The white walls, dark engineered wood flooring and exposed ceiling beams in the living room reflect the coupleʼs love for the colonial black-and-white style.
Kelvin made the kitchen more open by reconfiguring the existing store and service balcony to a corner. The monochrome theme is evident in the kitchen, with the use of black-and-white imported Peranakan floor tiles, black veneer cabinets with gold handles and black steel open racks mounted against a backsplash of white subway tiles.
The couple also wanted an open study corner that could still be a private space when guests are over. By inserting it in a corner between the kitchen and bathroom, Kelvin created a cosy study nook without obstructing the spatial flow of the home. The study area is open on the side facing the bedrooms, with a half-height partition and windows designed to face the dining area. Instead of the usual casement style, the designer opted for pivot windows to reduce the projection into the dining area.
The bathrooms, too, are mostly in black and white shades, with patterned tiles on the floor and walls. Kelvin painted the exposed pipes according to the respective wall colours to camouflage them.
Thanks to a colour palette that creates continuity throughout the home, the space is unified through an elegant black-and-white look.