13 Martaban Road
First built in the 1940s, 13 Martaban Road was gazetted for conservation in 2003. The main considerations of this project were to bring in light and capitalise on natural ventilation, as well as to integrate the main house with the rear extension on the third level.
Spatial integration was a priority, so walls were broken down to allow for greater fluidity of space, while hidden sliding doors were added to provide options for privacy. A ceiling-high screen was designed for the entrance, keeping the interior discreetly concealed while also allowing for the foyer to remain open.
The open courtyard, with its floating deck, forms the focus of the home since all internal areas look into it. To give more light and ventilation, the third story roof was jacked up whilst retaining its original silhouette. In addition, the new rear extension, which now houses the master bedroom, was given identical windows as lower floors to ensure seamless integration.
This conservation home is not just a delight to behold, but also a practical home thoughtfully conceived for everyday living.