FARM: the pool shophouse
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oct 08, 2012
FARM: the pool shophouse


‘the pool shophouse’ by FARM in collaboration with KD architects, singapore
image © jeremy san
all images courtesy of FARM

 

 

 

singapore-based firm FARM in collaboration with KD architects renovated an old local shop house as part of the lorong 24A shophouse series featuring seven architects’ spatial experiments with each of the eight attached residences along the street. the ‘pool shophouse’ aims to create a conversation between the existing building and the ‘insertion’ of the new, rather than an ‘extension.’ the entire space is hollowed out, with intermittent steel and hardwood floors created half-levels with an open communication. 

 

a linear pool at the entrance emphasizes the elongated floor plan, exaggerating a narrow path for circulation while providing a recreational area. the original brick walls were left untouched adding a rich element of the ‘aged’ throughout the otherwise contemporary construction. a skylight running the length of the longitudinal axis illuminates the several storeys below with a suspended series of thin planks that dim the direct sunlight. the addition is set in a smaller rectangular floor plan with a rooftop terrace that overlooks the adjoined historic edifice.

 

see designboom’s coverage of the ‘pool shophouse‘s’ neighbor here, by linghao architects, located just five units away.


linear pool accentuates the proportions of the plan
image © jeremy san


half-levels create many communicated spaces
image © jeremy san


contemporary stairs fill the space
image © jeremy san


image © jeremy san


image © jeremy san


upstairs of existing house
image © jeremy san


natural light glows through the louvers on the ceiling
image © jeremy san


upstairs of the original house / library shelves
image © jeremy san


transition space between the downstairs and the new addition
image © jeremy san


rear facade
image © jeremy san


rear facade
image © jeremy san

 


site plan

 


floor plan / level 0

 


floor plan / level 1

 


floor plan / level 2

 


floor plan / level 3

 


roof plan

 


section

 


section

 


front elevation

 


rear elevation


placement within the 8 lorong 24A shophouse series
image © lorong 24A shophouse series

 

 

project info:

 

design consultants: FARM in collaboration with KD architects
design team: kurjanto slamet, tiah nan chyuan, lee hui lian
land area: 143.30 sqm
built-in gfa: 366.94 sqm
project year: 2012

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