Waterloo Street

Set inside a 1978 high-rise Housing Development Board building in Singapore, this once dark and segmented Waterloo Street apartment has been transformed by a multi-disciplinary design studio three-d conceptwerke into a bright, comfortable, and flexible space where the owners can live, work and play.

The interior walls were removed by Dess Chew, the Principal Designer, in order to allow more light to filter through the apartment. Previously two bedrooms and a living room were opened up to create one space with just the support beams remaining.

The support beams remain

The entrance to the apartment is through a white barn-style door that also allows for ventilation in what can be stifling Singaporean summers.

The barn-style entrance

Stepping through the door reveals an open space with views of the work and dining space, living room, and kitchen. The floor tiles throughout the apartment are a white vintage terrazzo, helping to brighten the space further.

Bright white tiles throughout

With flexibility being a key requirement for the clients, who didn’t want to be locked into specific configurations, Chew selected two tables on wheels that could be separated and joined at the whim of the owner.

Tables on wheels multiple configuration options

The wall-to-wall windows introduce plenty of diffused light, and this is enhanced by a 265 adjustable wall light (design by Paolo Rizzatto) which can be directed over the tables to provide extra brightness when required.

The kitchen sits behind a curtain which can be closed from the living area when not in use but opens to maintain a connection with the rest of the space when cooking.

The kitchen

The kitchen is in a simple white finish with a quartz countertop. The splashback has a ’70s style white mosaic tile that continues all the way up to the ceiling

The bathroom is accessed from the kitchen. A wall of glass blocks separates the area while also letting through light.

The entire bathroom floor and walls are covered in white tiles with black borders. The floating vanity sink protrudes from the wall with a small custom-designed swiveling mirror cabinet above. The toilet and shower rooms are in their original locations but have been re-tiled to match the rest of the bathroom. 

The Bedroom is a small cozy space opposite the kitchen. Like the kitchen, it can also be closed off using a curtain to provide some privacy when guests are over.

Photos by Wong Weiliang