Vibrant and Inviting Studio Space by SPARK Architects

Transforming a brutalist space within Sherwood Towers into a light and colour filled kaleidoscope of excellence, SPARK has completed the conversion of a 132-square-metre three-bedroom apartment as a showcase for the owners’ creative self-expression.

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Referencing Le Corbusier’s L’Esprit nouveau of aesthetic refinement, the redesign of this apartment in Singapore’s Sherwood Towers physically pares back excess in favour of visual and physical clarity. In doing so, the interior is now focussed on the extraordinary exterior views which bring the outside world into the interior visually enhancing spaciousness, ventilation, natural light and a sense of spatial fluidity.

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As such, it was important to create a living interior that celebrated the building’s form while creating a space that would mirror the owner’s love of colour and design. With sliding doors that switch wall aspect from artwork to television, the apartment has a gallery ambience suited to the clients’ collection of art, design objects and iconic furnishings.

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Bringing light into the home was paramount and cleverly realised with a wall of glass bricks replacing what was a solid wall at entry.

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A wall of white square tiles with a curved tile format used for the edges of the kitchen bench and island, frames the kitchen with luminous, bench-long, orange drawers to the inner side and canary yellow square drawers to the outside.

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It is breathtakingly striking and speaks directly to Corbusier’s use of colour blocks. This is compounded by the position of the island falling short of the kitchen bench so that both colour blocks are seen when viewed from the lounge and dining areas. In the open plan arrangement, the client’s contemporary and mid-century furniture is well balanced by a red batten screen overlaying utility walls and Teressa Moorhouse’s Polar Bear Rug for MUM’s.

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As such, a selection of large colourful rugs are playfully rotated throughout the home. These include a large semi-circle of yellow which is occasionally placed to meet the yellow drawers of the kitchen island. A large orange geometric rug is particularly striking in the lounge, where its vibrancy changes the mood exponentially.

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Colour blocked gallery walls slide to reveal new colour blocks. The walls of mint green and sage in the lounge area, for example, separate (right to right) to reveal the canary yellow wall of cabinetry in the bedroom. Conversely, when separated left to left, a corridor is revealed with a wall of yellow laminate framing a door with a porthole, in the same hue (laminates throughout are by WilsonArt, Panaplast and EDL). When both are opened the entirety of the bedroom is revealed to be faced with a wall of yellow punctuated by doors and cabinetry.

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The bedroom layout is exceedingly clever with the door to the right leading to the walk-in robe – colour blocked in deep teal green – with red furniture to the entrance side and a single purple chair within. A port-holed door in the cabinetry opens to reveal a bright red inner side and a large cuff of red framing the entrance to the ensuite.

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This is an exceptional apartment design that entirely meets its owner’s needs. The colours are outlandishly good with strength and scale considered and delivered without truncating space. In reshaping the interior architecture, the designers have aligned the apartment to contemporary living in a way that reinforces the architectural ethos of the building. Just brilliant.

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