Variations in tactility and structural flow can facilitate movement and orientation in an open-plan layout.
An embodiment of fluidity in structure, this space reflects a discourse between diversity and connectivity in a spatial flow that transcends the confines of solid matter.
serangoon north view
2 bedder condominium
Variations in tactility and elevation can facilitate movement and orientation within a small open-plan layout. Three different zones in this rectilinear space are delineated by variations in the haptic qualities of the flooring.
The foyer is segregated from the living by an elevated kitchen—an integrated worktop on a concrete platform finished with tiles—creating a distinct visual barrier between the two spaces. This corridor into the living area is tapered by a lowered false ceiling and recessed lighting to facilitate the transition between zones.
This deliberate design intervention not only adds visual interest but also provides tactile cues as one navigates and engages with each zone: where a semblance of obstacles in movement triggers a moment of pause to encourage mindfulness in how one circulates between the three zones while adding depth to the overall composition.
The space that now broadens yields to the flow of natural light.
Emerging from a tapered corridor, the space unfolds into the welcoming expanse of the living area; a seamless transition that creates an illusion of enlarged space alongside a sense of openness and airiness.
Inspired by traditional Japanese interiors—where a single volume of space can be designed to include different heights through elevated floor boards—this space achieves a sense of fluidity and movement, while still maintaining distinct zones for different activities.
While the objective was to create distinct zones within the open format, we also had to consider how these zones would flow seamlessly into one another.
By varying the scale and design of the lattice shelving system, we could achieve further visual segregation between zones.
A cohesive approach to spatial planning seamlessly integrates diverse elements in a dynamic interplay that allows for the coexistence of both individuality and uniformity.
Fluidity in structure: solid matter in motion.
Starting from the worktop, the lattice begins with smaller components and expands towards the end of the corridor into a floor-to-ceiling shelf. Drawing closer to the living area, the lattice is reduced, serving only as a base to the console.
This manoeuvre creates an interior flow that optimises space to complement functionality, with a seamlessness where there is movement without any obstruction. Each area espouses a distinct identity, while still maintaining a cohesive flow throughout.
A design discourse that conforms to the visual identity in an overall framework of consistency and unity.