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”.
SETTING THE SCENE
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.