The Armadillo House

The Armadillo House

OFTEN the best rooms in a home are on the upper floors, and the basement is usually the least desirable area. But not in this house. In fact, the owners of this corner-terrace home along Farrer Road live in the basement, and they are surprisingly pleased with the space. Oddly enough, their helper's room is on the top most floor.

The Armadillo House
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Unlike the typical basement which conjurs up images of a dark, dingy and windowless space, this family's basement is bright and airy.

"Sometimes, it gets too bright for us," says anaesthetist Lo Wai Kit, who lives with her doctor husband, CT Ling, and their two children.

The basement is where the couple's bedroom and the main living area is. Their architect, Alan Tay of Formwerkz, designed the home this way for a reason.

The house is located next to a main road and a flyover, and the traffic din can be overwhelming. To make things worse, one side of the house faces west, which gets the hot afternoon sun.

Mr Tay proposed for the living room and bedroom to be in the basement, which "are the quietest and coolest parts of the house".

Some owners would be uncomfortable with the idea of living in the basement, but not this couple. "We trust Alan on this," says Dr Ling, a general practitioner.

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