Joo Chiat Walk
Joo Chiat. Singapore
06/2018 - 10/2019
This existing building was built on poor soil conditions, causing the structure to sink gradually. Internally, there were deep cracks along the brick walls. The building needed reconstruction to serve its primary function of safekeeping its inhabitants.
An additional 3rd storey was requested and instead of a returning back to a pitched roof, a levelled roof was explored. By a systematic approach of creating a series of boxes, the house began to speak its modern inhabitants’ design language. Realising how the new tier can be optimized to complement its latest vantage point, a perforated screen climbs up on the left half and folds to form a trellis. The new tier can now also be the perfect spot for hosting exclusive outdoor parties.
Emphasis on linearity and simplicity continues within the house. The previous dog-leg staircase was swapped to a straight one to ensure consistency in speaking the same tongue as its inhabitants.
With a refreshed facade and precise, clean lines, this house on the east side of Singapore uses accurate angles to portray its appreciation of the simple things in life.