This narrow 1920s shophouse in Singapore was converted into a modern-day residence dominated by a monolithic lap pool stretched along the ground floor. The Pool Shophouse was designed in collaboration between FARM and KD Architects, who decided to bring natural light into the interior by creating small gaps between the staircases and the exposed brick walls of the original building.
The Pool Shophouse is one of eight renovated properties in the Lorong 24A Shophouse Series, for which various architects were asked to adapt and extend properties in the Geylang neighborhood. In the case of the Pool Shophouse, architects used the spatial organization of Singapore’s old shophouses – marked by their narrowness – to accentuate the continuity of space.
The pool emphasizes the linear typology of the space. A series of stairs that loop through the interior creates an experience of flow and visually connects different parts of the house. The new staircases connect the three existing floors with the four-storey extension, which contains bedrooms within its upper stories. Central to this continuous loop is the skylight that marks the vital interface. Screened behind a louvered ceiling, it bathes the narrow linear space with resplendent sunlight.
The architects have cleverly used stone with metal and minimal window openings to create a cozy and exciting space to explore. The 4 story home showcases old-world charm with new world technology, lighting and textures.