Contemporary Pool Shophouse properties, Singapore
Singapore-based interior designers and architects FARM and KD architects have converted a 1920s shophouse into a contemporary home. Completed in 2012, the project is part of the Lorong 24A Shophouse Series, a collection of eight renovated properties for which seven studios were asked to adapt and extend properties in the Geylang neighbourhood of Singapore.
The Lorong 24A Shophouse Series was conceived as a collection of architectural experiments and showpiece for each architect.
According to the architects: “The conversation with the existing shophouse started with the intention to read the ‘new’ not as a ‘rear extension’ but as an ‘insertion’. We wanted to explore the spatial opportunities within such a configuration while heightening a unique experience inherent within the spatial structure of a shophouse.
“The monolithic lap pool on the first storey emphasises the linear typology of the space, as it guides one’s experience from the front to the rear. Extending this idea of linearity is the monolithic volume at the rear which houses the private quarters on the upper levels.
“One experiences the continuity of space through a series of stairs that loop through the shophouse. Central to this continuous loop is the skylight that marks the vital interface. It bathes this narrow linear space with resplendent sunlight, and visually connects different parts of the contemporary Singapore house.
“Through these spatial and formal gestures, the dialogue between the old and the new is constantly questioned and new discoveries revealed through the shift in geometry, height, volume and material.”
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