Prop­erty

Tasked to craft envy-in­duc­ing in­te­ri­ors within the new lux­ury con­do­minium 8 St Thomas, three lo­cal firms cre­ated dream apart­ments de­signed to in­spire— Sin­ga­pore Tatler Homes of­fers an ex­clu­sive first look at the prop­erty, ahead of its launch

Singapore Tatler Homes - - AUG/SEP 2018 -

An ex­clu­sive first look at 8 St Thomas by Bukit Sem­bawang Es­tates

When it comes to real es­tate, lo­ca­tion is ev­ery­thing—and 8 St Thomas has that, and more. Sit­u­ated in the River Val­ley neigh­bour­hood, the free­hold prop­erty by Bukit Sem­bawang Es­tates en­joys prox­im­ity to the glitzy Or­chard Road while boast­ing breath­tak­ing views of the Sin­ga­pore sky­line; im­pres­sive fea­tures that the prop­erty de­vel­oper sought to op­ti­mise in col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal ar­chi­tec­ture and in­te­rior de­sign firms.

De­signed by mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary prac­tice DP Ar­chi­tects, the prop­erty com­prises two tow­ers that rise above a col­lec­tion of lush land­scaped gar­dens and ameni­ties on the ground floor; sky ter­races be­tween the blocks cre­ate ad­di­tional en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas for res­i­dents. To en­vi­sion what liv­ing at 8 St Thomas would be like, Bukit Sem­bawang Es­tates en­listed three Sin­ga­pore-based stu­dios 2nd Edi­tion, Janet Mc­glen­non In­te­ri­ors and De­sign Ba­sis to de­sign a col­lec­tion of show apart­ments, each with its unique in­te­rior scheme.

COLOUR PLAY

With its im­pres­sive van­tage point from the 29th floor, the three-bed­room apart­ment de­signed by Janet Mc­glen­non In­te­ri­ors en­joys un­ob­structed views of Ma­rina Bay and the sea. In­spired by its prime lo­ca­tion, the prac­tice en­deav­oured to cre­ate a seam­less tran­si­tion be­tween the in­door and out­door ar­eas. “We were ex­cited about the tremen­dous cityscape views—the af­ter­noon light that floods the bal­cony area also gives the apart­ment a prom­i­nent spot for en­ter­tain­ing,” says Mc­glen­non, founder of her epony­mous firm. “Given this, we wanted to fo­cus on the out­door area as a cru­cial part of our in­te­rior de­sign, to bring the out­side in.” Slid­ing doors cre­ate a seam­less tran­si­tion be­tween the liv­ing space and the bal­cony; Mc­glen­non placed an over­sized mir­ror in front of the cus­tom-made Cala­catta mar­ble din­ing ta­ble, to in­crease the sense of space in the liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas. The stu­dio added shades of yel­low, blue and green tones— colours in­spired by the sunny skies, the sur­round­ing green­ery as well as the dis­tant views of the sea. Metal­lic trim­mings also played an in­te­gral part of the de­sign scheme; care­fully placed ac­cents of gold and brass add to the apart­ment’s un­der­stated el­e­gance.

LARGER THAN LIFE

In con­trast, a two-bed­room apart­ment by 2nd Edi­tion takes on a more glam­orous ap­proach to fully utilise its com­pact space. The apart­ment’s most strik­ing fea­ture is the book-matched mar­ble wall that lines the length of the liv­ing room. “The con­cept for this apart­ment is about cre­at­ing a co­he­sive look, with un­ex­pected twists,” Hi­lary Loh, founder and de­sign di­rec­tor of 2nd Edi­tion. Take for in­stance, the be­spoke din­ing counter and bench seat­ing that has been added to the liv­ing room; a sur­pris­ing ad­di­tion that turns the area into a mul­ti­func­tional space for din­ing and leisure. Placed ad­ja­cent to the kitchen is­land, the mar­ble coun­ter­top vis­ually con­nects the culi­nary space to the liv­ing area. To add to the co­he­sive look of the apart­ment, a con­sis­tent mix of ma­te­ri­als such as ce­ramic, wood and mar­ble is used through­out. A neu­tral pal­ette cre­ates a rest­ful back­drop, punc­tu­ated with teal ac­cents to com­ple­ment the use of green mar­ble fea­ture wall. In an­other apart­ment de­signed by Loh, the de­signer opts for a French-in­spired twist so the in­te­rior scheme makes the home ap­pear more spa­cious. Mould­ings are ap­plied along the length of the liv­ing area, which ver­ti­cally en­hances its pro­por­tions by draw­ing the eye up­wards. Tall built-in shelves sim­i­larly length­ens the ap­pear­ance of its in­te­rior, while cre­at­ing am­ple stor­age and dis­play ar­eas for the owner.

“THE CON­CEPT FOR THIS APART­MENT IS ABOUT CRE­AT­ING A CO­HE­SIVE LOOK, WITH UN­EX­PECTED TWISTS”

PER­FECT MIX

The largest show unit com­mands a prime view on the 30th floor, and is the work of De­sign Ba­sis. For this four-bed­room apart­ment, the firm cre­ated fam­ily-friendly spa­ces where fam­ily mem­bers can so­cialise as well as in­ti­mate al­coves that max­imise the foot­print of the apart­ment. “To make the most of the stun­ning views while cre­at­ing an invit­ing am­bi­ence, we added bench seat­ing to the bay win­dows of the rooms, so that a fam­ily can work, re­lax and en­joy the views,” says Tay Hi­ang Liang, di­rec­tor of De­sign Ba­sis. A sooth­ing neu­tral pal­ette cre­ates a calm­ing ef­fect within the serene apart­ment, serv­ing as the per­fect can­vas for its pared­down in­te­ri­ors. Dis­play shelves of­fer myr­iad ways for fam­ily mem­bers to cus­tomise each of the bed­rooms, which are fur­ther en­livened with a cre­ative ar­ray of vases and art ob­jects. With th­ese di­verse spa­tial con­fig­u­ra­tions and de­sign con­cepts, it’s easy to imag­ine set­tling into this new prop­erty, and to make one of the apart­ments uniquely your own.

LEFT TO RIGHT In the apart­ment con­cep­tu­alised by De­sign Ba­sis, we styled the fam­i­lyfriendly spa­ces with a red leather box, tall horse fur vase and can­dle from Strange & De­ranged; fea­tured on our cover, the home de­signed by Janet Mc­glen­non In­te­ri­ors is ac­cen­tu­ated with porce­lain table­ware, Kelly au trot bag, silk vel­vet cush­ions, silk twill scarf and blue vase from Her­mès, as well as a gold bowl from Strange & De­ranged

THIS PAGE A spec­tac­u­lar book-matched mar­ble wall is the cen­tre­piece of a two-bed­room apart­ment by 2nd Edi­tion OP­PO­SITE PAGE Mould­ings in the liv­ing area add a French twist to the in­te­rior scheme by 2nd Edi­tion, and the space is com­ple­mented with boxes from Strange & De­ranged; in­spired by the Euro­pean style of the apart­ment de­signed by 2nd Edi­tion, the liv­ing area is styled with a Panama hat, silk twill scarf, Kelly sel­l­ier 28 bag, silk san­dals, neck­lace and cuff, all from Her­mès

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