1,200 sqft ︱ Walk-up apartment
Urbanization and life in a densely populated city such as Singapore brings with it a concomitant risk of a disconnect from nature and such detachment has been linked to numerous psychological and physiological health issues. Many scientific studies proved that our connection with nature, profoundly encoded within our DNA, enhance productivity, stimulate creativity, reinforce affectivity, reduce stress, and even increase immunity,
Set in a walk-up apartment built in the 90s, Everfresh fulfils a young urban dweller's aspiration to forge a deeper connection with nature and as a result, increase his mental and physical well-being. Now more than ever, we need the healing powers of nature, and it's exactly this that biophilic design seeks to harness in our homes.
Naturally, the Studio first looked at modifying the layout to enhance the natural flow of light and air into the once stuffy apartment. Walls that once enclosed the kitchen(s) and common room closest to the living room were hacked to achieve that goal.
Realistically, the space couldn't encompass all elements of biophilic design. While the apartment is not entirely filled with with organic materials, grains, and textures, the use of concrete-look tiles, laminates with wood-grain textures, and monochromatic colours, mimics nature and collectively create a calming space for the homeowner.
The pièce de résistance of the apartment is an unexpected minimalistic glass garden, housing a singular Everfresh tree, within the master bedroom. In addition to being a stunning backdrop for the platform bed, it reflects the high level of commitment to adapting the interior environment to nature. As with human connections, vulnerability in relationships deepens bonds. The decision to place this glass garden within the bedroom comes with a purposeful intent to foster a deeper connection with nature, especially during the time of the day when one feels the most vulnerable. As we try to fall asleep, the brain starts to rest, and lets down some of its usual defenses. Even before you get into bed to try to sleep, the lack of distractions can make bedtimes feel vulnerable. Furthermore, being able to wake up to nature is a luxury we wanted the homeowner to experience considering the views out of this apartment are limited to busy streets and neighbouring blocks.