Spiral Simplicity

A metal spiral staircase sits in the middle of this two-storey conservation shophouse. It is gently tilted towards the front and spirals upwards over the three floors to end in the attic space over the well-lit jack roof. At the rear, a reflecting pond sits below a light and air well with a playful pattern of aluminium slats. The design of the house is completely open on the first storey and ends in a delightful bamboo court. On the second storey, the twin bathrooms are cladded in the same aluminium slats that are used in the staircase. One of the bathrooms has a pregnant bulge where the bathtub sits.

This project was awarded the Architectural Heritage Awards 2011 by the Urban Redevelopment Authority. For more information on this project, visit our micro-site.

It also won the Singapore Institute of Architects Design Award (Conservation Category) in 2012.

The project was also featured in the  New York Times, Singapore Architect, d+a and Cubes magazine.

Type: Conservation, Additions & Alterations to Existing 2-Storey Intermediate Terrace with Additional Mezzanine
Location: No. 19 Lorong 24A Geylang
Status: Completed April 2011
Main Contractor: The Mandy’s Pte Ltd
Structural Engineer: EDP Consultants