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Luxury homes: a sensitive renewal of a ’70s inter-terrace home in Joo Chiat

This modern inter-terrace home in Joo Chiat by Ong & Ong Architects resonates with the nuances of the old.

When Ng Sier Han and his wife Jasmine Soh found this inter-terrace property in Joo Chiat, it was in its original 1970s condition – from the exterior right down to the light fittings, fans and grilles. The mid-century architecture appealed to the couple, who wanted to retain as much of the original style as possible.

At a glance

Who lives here: A family of five
Type of home: An inter-terrace house in Joo Chiat
Size of home: 3,460 sq ft
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“We feel that not enough properties are being conserved today. Our vision was to respect the surrounding rows of inter-terraces from the same period while updating the interior for modern living,” says Sier Han.

The couple, both in banking, engaged architecture firm Ong&Ong through a friend’s recommendation. Directors Diego Molina and Maria Arango helmed the design, while project designer Ryan Manuel oversaw the day-to-day running of the project.

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Jasmine Soh and Ng Sier Han.

Apart from conserving as many of the 1970s elements as possible and updating the house to meet the needs of three generations, including two boys aged four and three and Jasmine’s mother, the clients’ brief also asked for an open design.

“This would allow us to supervise the children at play while we are working and for the kids to see us if we are entertaining friends,” Jasmine explains. For this major Addition and Alteration (A&A) project, it was important for the massing of the new place to relate to the low-rise form and understated quality of the original house and its neighbours.

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    This was achieved by setting back the third storey and roof terrace volume so that it appears to be two storeys from the street level. The main entrance is accessed via a garden path to one side of the car porch. And, from the front of the house, it is possible to see all the way through from the living and dining rooms to the dry and wet kitchens and the back garden.

    “The various spaces are well-defined as they flow through and slowly open up,” says Maria. As you approach the dining area, elevated two steps above the living area, your attention shifts upwards to the triple-volume atrium. This vertical spatial element opens up the interior.

This article was originally published in Home & Decor.

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