The Singaporean studio TE-EL designed the interior of this house, called Kang Choo Bin Walk, for a close-knit family. Connectedness and tranquillity are the two main pillars of the design. TE-EL also uses natural materials and continuous lines of sight to not only bring the family together but to link the spaces as well.
TE-EL is a design studio based in Singapore and led by Ethan Lin. Their style is characterised by simplicity, comfort and serenity. This is exactly what the client, a couple with three children and a live-in grandparent, was looking for. The house has a calming nature so the family can escape the hectic city life. Both parents have demanding jobs so being able to relax at home is very important to them.
Connectedness and tranquillity are the two main pillars of the design.
The client chose the property because of the void that connects the ground and first floors. The feeling of openness and visual connection absolutely had to be maintained in the design. TE-EL decided to combine the dining room and living room and to place them in line with the kitchen and the herb garden. This promotes a feeling of intimacy and togetherness. ‘The family members are able to be aware of each other’s presence while going about their daily activities from their own spaces, which fosters a sense of connection,’ Ethan Lin explains. Sufficient space was also important as the client likes to invite friends and family. On the first floor, new window openings were created in the style of the existing windows to improve light and ventilation. The designers chose a natural colour palette and natural materials that age well. It creates a coherent whole that looks as if it has never been different. TE-EL lives up to their vision and manages to create an intimate home for this unique family.
Photography by Studio Periphery