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Light-coloured wood floor­ing help to keep the spa­ces look­ing airy and light; The raw in­dus­trial look of the con­crete walls


Full-length glass doors are used through­out the home to cre­ate a clean and open look; Straight lines add a dra­matic feel in the cor­ners hen de­signer Ed­mund Ng, em­barked on de­sign­ing his own home, he wanted to start from a clean slate so that he and his wife could have a place that was pur­pose-built for their needs. “My wife is an art col­lec­tor so I con­ceived of the house as a can­vas for her art,” he says. Not one to shy away from mak­ing a de­sign state­ment, it did not bother Ng that the house would look un­con­ven­tional due to the lack of win­dows, un­like most other houses “be­cause a glass house or one with many win­dows will not work for the dis­play of art”. The con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als used are also not com­monly found in landed res­i­dences. Off-form con­crete, in par­tic­u­lar, was Ng’s ma­te­rial of choice, one that he has used in home projects for other clients to vary­ing ex­tents de­pend­ing on their re­cep­tive­ness. Ng be­lieves that “beauty arises from the pu­rity of the ma­te­ri­als and in the case of off-form con­crete, the non-uni­for­mity and flaws are part of their beauty”.


The 4,500 sq ft plot is by no means big, but Ng has in­cor­po­rated de­sign el­e­ments, both inside and out, to give the res­i­dence a sense of space that be­lies its ac­tual size. Set­ting back the en­trance foyer 15m from the gate, twice the min­i­mum URA re­quire­ment, cre­ates a sense of lat­eral space. Hav­ing it swing to one side in­stead of the usual lo­ca­tion di­rectly fac­ing the gate is not feng shui driven, as one would ex­pect. “By ori­en­tat­ing the main door side­ways, we can leave it open all day to fa­cil­i­tate nat­u­ral ven­ti­la­tion with­out wor­ry­ing about pri­vacy,” Ng ex­plains. Split­ting the foyer into two tiers also adds to the spa­tial pro­gres­sion.

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