Floating Partition Walls for Flow in Singapore Apartment | NONAGON.style
Floating Walls Enhance the Flow in a Singaporean City Apartment

Floating Walls Enhance the Flow in a Singaporean City Apartment

Go with the flow

Written by –
Jess Ng
on July 28th 2018
Jess loves good design! She spends her weekends exploring the sights, sounds and architecture of the world. Another favorite activity is taste-testing local delicacies.
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One of the worst things about city apartments is without a doubt that feeling of living in a box. Most modern apartment units are essentially standardized rectangular parcels, maybe with an open plan kitchen diner if you’re lucky. And although some can be large in square footage, the point is that they’re rarely architecturally interesting, often lacking that all important sense of open and free-flowing space.

 

This was exactly the case for one couple living in the island city state of Singapore. Enlisting the help of Studio Wills + Architects, they sought to transform their box into a welcoming space for entertaining. Let’s see how they got on.

Contemporary living room with black floating partition walls and wood bookcase | NONAGON.style

A Matrix of Walls

Key to Studio Wills + Architects’ vision for this apartment was duality. The team wanted to create a home that was both expansive and open-plan, to facilitate the owners’ love of home entertaining, yet intimate and cozy enough for when the guests have gone home. Their solution? A ‘matrix of walls’.

Open plan living room with floating partition walls and mid-century modern Eames lounge chair | NONAGON.style
Contemporary open plan living and dining room with floating partition walls | NONAGON.style

The studio began by transforming the foyer, living, lounge and dining rooms into one open plan space. A structural shear wall was all that was left to stand in the center of the space after demolition. This was rendered black for visual focus, serving as a point of orientation in the apartment.

 

From there, a series of gray plaster and white painted floating walls radiate outwards to create small pockets of defined private ‘rooms’ within the open plan space. Even when ensconced in one of these spaces, you’re still greeted by glimpses of the apartment as a whole.

Contemporary open plan foyer and living space with floating partition walls and mid-century modern Eames lounge chair | NONAGON.style

Before and After

Before renovation, the apartment read like a series of fragmented rooms, giving the illusion of a small, constricted space. Thanks to the new open plan layout, that’s now no longer the case.

An uninspiring Singapore apartment before renovation by Studio Wills + Architects | NONAGON.style

“Whilst we seek open plan spaces in urban apartments where spaces are generally smaller, there is also a need to balance that with pockets of intimate spaces to make a house a home.” – Studio Wills + Architects.

An uninspiring Singapore apartment before renovation by Studio Wills + Architects | NONAGON.style

In addition to the open plan layout, a continuous white timber floor and painted ceiling runs through the entire apartment. These details further work to connect the different spaces together as one, and is important in creating flow and cohesion in the home.

Contemporary recessed wall with storage and glassware | NONAGON.style

Clutter-Free

Part and parcel of the open plan aesthetic is a sleek, uncluttered overall look. In order to achieve this, storage is concealed within recesses, seamlessly blending with the ‘Matrix of Walls’.

Contemporary bathroom with warm wood cabinets and sleek mirror | NONAGON.style

Subtle architectural details were also deliberately ‘suppressed’. For instance, the flushed, recessed skirting, itself painted to match the color of the walls.

Bright contemporary dining room with floating partition walls and modern artwork | NONAGON.style

An Assortment of Styles

As well as a space for entertaining, the studio were further tasked with creating a canvas that would accommodate their eclectic range of furniture.

 

A classic mid-century modern Eames lounge chair, an antique upright piano and a striking collection of contemporary Asian art were just a few of the pieces the owners looked to incorporate into their new home. A muted palette of warm neutrals and wood accents proved to be the ideal blank canvas for the occasion.

Contemporary open plan living and dining space with floating partition walls and antique piano detail | NONAGON.style

“There is good flow in the apartment now. Our friends can relax in the living room or lounge, and also move from the dining room or to the balcony easily. This wasn’t the ideal apartment when we bought it, but now that we have made the best of the space, we absolutely love it here.” – The Owners.

Contemporary bedroom with calming cool gray color palette and drapes | NONAGON.style

Final Thoughts

From uninspired box to entertaining central, Studio Wills + Architects have done more than just renovate this property – they’ve given it a whole new lease of life. Though the open plan aesthetic is nothing new, its integration into this cookie cutter apartment makes for a striking overall look – especially given how it looked before! What do you think?

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