By Romesh Navaratnarajah: A unique conservation terrace house (pictured) in Joo Chiat, Singapore that's being rented by a Danish family is drawing attention for its quirky architecture, and includes a rear garden and single-storey bunker structure at the back.
"The main house is designed with a gallery feel," said Susan Ye, Managing Director of marketing agent Isabel Redrup Agency.
"Instead of dividing up the space in the main house with the usual three or four bedrooms, the main house has an open loft feel. Only one huge master bedroom of more than 1,000 sq ft occupies the second storey."
Designed by Chang Architects, the house which has been described as an architectural oddity, features an impressive double height ceiling above the kitchen and large doors leading to the garden.
Moreover, the walls were stripped to expose the original brick of the house, which dates back to the 1920s. At the back is a four-bedroom single-storey structure dubbed "the bunker", with each room leading to the next.
Lighting penetrates the side of the bunker and from the top where large windows were created above the rooms. Concrete screed, black accents and plush cherrywood panelling complete the look.
"Most people erect conservation houses with stylistic interiors and each one is different. But this house, which was lucky to have a plot of land at its rear, was conceived as a dwelling in two parts for utter privacy, seclusion and quiet," Ye said. Romesh Navaratnarajah, Senior Editor of PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact him about this or other stories email firstname.lastname@example.org Related Stories: Growing trend of quirky living
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