Verticle wonder

Verticle wonder

The designer of this apartment made sure to showcase its unique sloping ceiling, in creating a space perfect for two, or 20.

Who: A married couple in their 30s

Home: A three-bedroom condominium unit

Size: 1,650sqf

When frequent business and leisure travellers Benny Ong and Jocelyn Low are back in town, the couple enjoy staying in.

Home is a three-bedroom unit on the top floor of a condominium block built in the 1980s.

S'pore couple's unique 3-bedroom condo is big enough for 20

They had purchased the apartment five years ago because of its lofty sloped ceiling - a rare feature in local housing.

Engaging the help of Poh, an architecturally trained designer who runs Plattform, Benny and Jocelyn wanted their first residence to meet their lifestyle needs.

A project director by day and 24/7 culinary enthusiast, Benny spends most of his time at home experimenting in the kitchen, which features a generously sized island countertop.

"I'm his biggest guinea pig," jokes Jocelyn, a private banker who, besides tasting Benny's new recipes, spends her free time at home reading on the sofa from Xtra or playing the piano.

The hospitable owners host dinner parties at least twice a month in this capacious apartment. For a playful touch, industrial-style pendant lamps in varying sizes and heights illuminate the dining space. To create the desired ambience, the intensity of the lights can be adjusted to fit Benny's culinary theme of the night.

Breaking up the monotony of concrete floors and white walls, the sloped ceiling was clad with timber planks. For design unity, a long wood-clad feature wall visually anchors the living and dining zones, while displaying books and travel memorabilia collected over time.

As Poh told the homeowners: "I can build you a house, but you have to make it a home."

The designer employed a timeless palette of white, grey, black and timber throughout the apartment. This consistency works in harmony with Mudian's carpentry work, which features clean lines and smart construction to conceal unsightly clutter.

Venturing further into the apartment, two bedrooms were combined to form the master bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom.

A place purely for rest, the room - which doesn't have a TV set - is softly illuminated by cove lighting so that the busy couple can catch up on beauty sleep when they are not entertaining guests or travelling the world.

Where to go:

Mudian, TEL: 6733-7378, www.mudian.com.sg

Plattform, TEL: 6634-0808, poh@plattform.sg

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