“The Crate Apartment is outstanding because it has gone beyond the boundaries of mere surface decoration or simply creating a liveable space. The ambition to redefine the typology a 5-room flat is brilliant and exciting.”
The Crate Apartment, situated within a Singaporean public housing development built in the 1980’s, is a dramatic departure from the cookiecutter apartment design template.
Devoid entirely of defined “rooms,” the layout is re-configured around an inhabitable wooden "Crate inserted right in the centre of the apartment, serving a multitude of functions for each of the living spaces planned seamlessly around the Crate’s perimeter surfaces and interiors.
A District 09 location, a penthouse apartment, a million-dollar view of the city.
With key spatial manoeuvres, the once-constricted double volume lounge has now become the true heart of the home, inter-connecting, and interweaving the layers of spaces that surround it — through the function and impact of an inverted, wooden lattice box, hovering over, and cradling the core of this home — each of its sides and surfaces responding to the needs and whims of the series of programs that encounter it.
Inspired by Tala’s brand ethos: of elevating the humble light bulb to a design object, we systematically built upon this manifesto.
A bulb, that is a modern lamp.
The modern lamp, made again whole with its old-world counterpart: the ceiling rosette.
The whole, replicated and geometrically composed, is everything.
As a nod to Tala’s ethos of sustainability, the structure is designed as a modular kit-of-part for reuse, with the hope of creating zero wastage from its transitory existence.