Ingenious spatial planning and methods of concealment resulted in this sanctuary of a home, writes Isabelle Tow.

Portrait of Tammy Strobel

The mid-century-inspired look of the furniture evokes an understated, elegant feel. Sideboard is from Castlery, accessories are from BoConcept. 


A couple in their 30s

HOME Three-room HDB apartment in Yishun

SIZE 1,184 sq ft 

While they knew their home provided sufficient space, the owners of this HDB apartment felt it simply hadn’t been functionally optimised. Envisioning a comfortable yet aesthetically-pleasing sanctuary as the concept, they engaged Jack Chan, Neu Konceptz director and principal designer, to bring their dream home to fruition.

Tapping on Jack’s space planning expertise, they agreed to hacking the master bedroom wall and converting the space into the present dining area. The new layout offers the freedom to better utilise the spaces.

A visitor will also be impressed by the seamless appearance of the home. This is a deliberate effect to fulfill the homeowners’ desire for a neat space that conceals unsightly bits and bobs. For instance, Jack concealed air-conditioning trunking and pipes inside carpentry. And vertically-striped wall cladding with hidden doors effectively conceal the bedrooms, keeping them strictly private and separate from the living area that’s designated for entertainment.

The greys of the homogenous tiles, wood-look wall laminates and warm wooden furniture, on the other hand, are the result of an inspiration from nature. And a mixture of lighting – spotlights, cove lights and glass suspension lamps – zhooshes up the look of the home.

The renovation was $110,000, without furnishings. 

My Reading Room

The vertically-striped wood cladding concept is repeated throughout the home, creating a cohesive look. 

My Reading Room

Quaint little nooks in the home offer space for private reflection. 

My Reading Room

Straight lines running throughout the home make the areas feel open and spacious. 


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