17 Blair Road is a late shophouse styled home located within the Blair Plain Conservation area. To bring in much needed light, a courtyard was created through which sunlight and wind could enter and naturally ventilate the house. This green space forms the visual focus of the first floor.
The vertical circulation at the front of the house divides the living and dining spaces by way of a dramatic geometric staircase that spans all three levels. It also serves to further illuminate the house via the jack roof located directly above.
The shophouse had been in a bad state, having been stripped of its historical characteristics and renovated for office use. With much support from the client, the architects made a conscious effort to bring these traditional elements back while also reinstating the shophouse to residential use.