Singapore-based FARM in collaboration with KD Architects. renovated an old local shop house in Singapore. The ‘Pool Shophouse’ aims to create a conversation between the existing building and the insertion of the new part. The linear pool accentuates the length and sleek design of the interior. The combination between the old brick walls and modern accents give the house a very retro look. The old meets the new and perfectly blend together despite radical changes in geometry, height, and volume.
According to the architects: The monolithic lap pool on the first storey emphasizes the linear typology of the space, as it guides one’s experience from the front to the rear. Extending this idea of linearity is the monolithic volume at the rear which houses the private quarters on the upper levels. One experiences the continuity of space through a series of stairs that loop through the shophouse. Central to this continuous loop is the skylight that marks the vital interface. It bathes this narrow linear space with resplendent sunlight, and visually connects different parts of the house. Through these spatial and formal gestures, the dialogue between the old and the new is constantly questioned and new discoveries revealed through the shift in geometry, height, volume and material.