Colour contrast

Colour contrast

By happy coincidence, black and white are the choices of interiors for two local architecture firms - Ministry of Design (MOD) and Park + Associates.

Both companies won awards for their interior architecture at this year's Singapore Institute of Architects' Architectural Design Awards.

MOD's 3,700 sq ft office at Cross Street comprises six conserved shophouse units which houses 20 staff.

On the black and white theme, MOD's founder Colin Seah says "they create a neutral canvas for the different projects we create, and allows us space to breathe as it were."

Even the main door and the entrance to the office is black. Much thought was given to the design of the door, which Mr Seah says, is "almost always a talking point". The black metal main door has a concave shape and no handles, which leaves first-time visitors scratching their heads, wondering how to enter the office.

The solution is to ring a bell on the side and a staff will unlock the door, which the visitor then pushes to enter. Because of the shape of the door, "entering the office is like entering a portal", says Mr Seah.

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