Photographs Derek Swalwell
Architect Ong & Ong and interior design firm, YPS successfully bring the outside in 55 Blair Road, a Singapore home oasis. The owner challenged the designers to create a light open living space in an Art Deco style home. The traditional façade of the property was restored to envelop the new modern interior living spaces. Much like Tadao Ando's Azuma House, the narrow home was divided in half with the incorporation of a large central air well. The well brings in light to both sides of the house. The walls of the void are clad in aluminum bands and the aluminum is carried in to the kitchen. The inclusion of the pool and the Century Frangipani, a native tree associated with Buddhist and Hindu cultures makes the ground floor the ideal place to reflect and entertain. And the use of computerized LED lighting located on the ground washing the aluminum walls also adds flexibility. The floors in the home are connected by a steel spiral stair, efficient on space and beautiful. The second floor of the home is dedicated to the master bedroom which features a study and suite bathroom. Another bedroom is located in the rear on the second floor for the maid and the third floor contains another bedroom.
The use of simple and cohesive materials throughout the home coupled with bold design statements such as the courtyard with pool make this home fantastical yet approachable. For more information on the design, check out ArchDaily.