Interior design house Design Intervention has just scooped not one, not two, but four top gongs at the International Property Awards. This includes a gold for its interior design work on its Ridout Road residential project, which also scooped the Best Architecture award for a Single Residence in Singapore.
In December, this Asia-Pacific-winning project will be pitted against winners from every other continent to find out the best of the best. In the meantime, we put the spotlight on the project itself to find out exactly how business partners NIKKI HUNT and ANDREA SAVAGE pulled together this residential masterpiece.
The property is home to a couple, both professors, and two teenage girls. Design Intervention was called on to demolish the old structure and create a new family home, full of light and making the most of the views surrounding it.
The clients wanted the home to look modest from the road, while maximising the size of the garden and creating a large poolside room for parties and functions. They needed quiet, private spaces for studying and writing, and a rooftop patio and other semi-enclosed spaces. In addition to this, they asked for a swimming pool and gym.
The husband’s passion for gardening meant a key factor of the brief was to make the most of the views, and flood the home with light. Of significant importance was also an old world study with plenty of light, centrally positioned but quiet enough to ensure concentration.
The topography of the land, which is undulating and on a hillside, created a real challenge. Design Intervention worked around this with a clever layout and positioning of rooms, incorporating the site conditions to make the most of the views and draw light in. Each item of the home, from the colour to the profile of the roof tiles to the piping of the sofa, has been meticulously considered to create a design that’s cohesive inside and out, and in harmony with its environment.
From the moment you enter the home, it’s clear to see every inch is beautifully designed. The centre hall table is an original piece, drawing inspiration from the crisp, solid lines of the interior architecture. Darker wood tones, also seen in the flooring, are combined with lighter fresher tones.
Sickle-shaped sofas sit back to back in the living area, creating two separate sections, one for entertaining and the other to relax in as a family and watch television. Large leather ottomans add extra comfort, and a pair of high-backed coral armchairs provide a pleasant reading spot.
In the kitchen, a dining banquette was added, positioned to enjoy the view over the pool and the garden beyond. The vibrant blue of the cabinets is enhanced even more by the blues from the pool outside.
The staircase’s décor is crisp and fresh, with a blackened metal handrail that echoes the black metal windows. A skylight provides a view to the sky, allowing even more natural light, while giving privacy from the road. Design Intervention installed a lift with champagne gold metal doors and framed in black granite, turning a functional necessity into an elegant design element.
Consistency was key leading up to the master bedroom and bathroom, with similar finishes and selections throughout the suite. The forest green marble feature wall created a striking element, while the heavily veined marble has a spa-like serenity.
Read on for more information about Design Intervention’s work and achievements.
Photography by Jo Ann Bernabe
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