A 3-room HDB resale unit in Bukit Ho Swee that's full of plants

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WHO LIVES HERE: A bachelor in his 30s

HOME: Three-room HDB resale apartment in Bukit Ho Swee

SIZE: 580sqf

When it comes to expanding the collection for your hobby, where do you draw the line between indulgence and obsession?

For Singapore-based Canadian designer Tyco Tat, gardening has always been something he loves. Since moving to Singapore five years ago, he has collected over 100 pots in his rented Bukit Ho Swee apartment.

The three-bedroom HDB resale flat, which he rents from landscape architect Koh Jiann Bin, epitomises the idea of a “greenhouse”.

This 3-room HDB resale unit is an emerald city

  • Wealth, for this bachelor, is enjoying the luxury of space to be surrounded by verdant greenery and the things he loves.
  • For Singapore-based Canadian designer Tyco Tat, gardening has always been something he loves. Since moving to Singapore five years ago, he has collected over 100 pots in his rented Bukit Ho Swee apartment.
  • The three-bedroom HDB resale flat, which he rents from landscape architect Koh Jiann Bin, epitomises the idea of a “greenhouse”.
  • Sitting next to a rattan rocking horse in the living room is an original Louis Poulsen PH Artichoke, which Tyco repurposed as a standing lamp and made home for one of his spider plants. The flexible shelving unit behind it showcases many of Tyco’s tools, which he uses for pottery making.
  • Thanks to Jiann Bin’s expertise, he offers Tyco free reign over the selection and often provides care tips for the plant species. “There are many different types of plants in tropical regions, which I’ve never encountered before. Many fascinate me, so I love collecting them,” Tyco shares. From a range of Philodendron species like the Monstera Deliciosa, to ferns, succulents and cacti.
  • Greenery fills the interiors of the flat, especially in the kitchen that sits strategically next to the windows — the perfect setting for his indoor garden.
  • Of course, Tyco’s bedroom is not short of some of his favourite plant species, like pots of Monstera Deliciosa, which he uses as bedside decor accessories.
  • The variety of plants bring colour into the white-and-grey apartment.
  • Having limited floor area did not stop Tyco from collecting, as he cleverly installed extendable poles between the walls as a way to maximise hanging space for his pots. This way, the plants are not overcrowded. Smaller pots of succulents and cactuses have a dedicated shelf beside the kitchen sink.

Thanks to Jiann Bin’s expertise, he offers Tyco free reign over the selection and often provides care tips for the plant species.

“There are many different types of plants in tropical regions, which I’ve never encountered before. Many fascinate me, so I love collecting them,” Tyco shares. From a range of Philodendron species like the Monstera Deliciosa, to ferns, succulents and cacti, greenery fills the interiors of the flat, especially in the kitchen that sits strategically next to the windows — the perfect setting for his indoor garden.

When Jiann Bin purchased this resale unit, he kept the interiors pared down, with white homogenous tiles on the floor, a full-height display cabinet, as well as flexible storage units in the living room.

Over time, Tyco decorated the space not just with his myriad plants, but also his unique, handcrafted range of ceramics and pottery that he designed.

This article was first published in Home & Decor.