One Tree Hill by ONG & ONG

Contemporary two-storey single family residence designed by ONG&ONG situated in Singapore.

This house at One Tree Hill is designed to cater to the homeowner’s unique needs. The architectural layout includes a double volume space in the living area that opens out into a beautiful garden and water feature. This seamless blending of indoor and outdoor spaces is evident in other sections of the house as well, with the kitchen similarly looking out into a quaint outdoor lounge area.

Three Stylish Storage Solutions for Small Bedrooms

A small bedroom doesn’t have to look cramped and cluttered. It only takes a little imagination and some innovative storage ideas to make a small bedroom look spacious and stylish.

The bedroom is place to relax, rest and sleep, and many of us with smaller bedrooms don’t make the most of the space left around the bed area. If you have a small or even tiny bedroom, there are easy solutions to give it a little personality and even make it a place you want to spend more time in.

Smart storage for clothes

If you have a small bedroom then storage space can often be a problem especially when it comes to wardrobes. Forget bulky units and go for the slim line options that can be designed around the space you have. You can go online at many furniture websites and enter measurements to get a wardrobe to fit the space you have. Make sure to consider corner wardrobes that are designed specifically to fit snugly into corner wall spaces, or choose a wardrobe with a mirror will create the illusion of space.

Shelving options

Shelving is another good solution for those with smaller bedrooms and little storage space. For a more stylish look consider the many vertical shelving units that extend from floor to ceiling. Also consider built-in shelving instead of a bed headboard, which is a practical and stylish solution for smaller bedrooms. Shelving units can also be placed against the wall either side of the bed head to make the most of empty space.

Consider a folding sofa bed

Sofa beds are one of the best ways to save space in the bedroom and today’s designs now come with storage space included. Sofa beds offer great versatility when it comes to creating adding space to a small room, especially for those who do use their bedroom as a work area. A lot of thought has been put into the design of the latest sofa beds and you can now buy stylish and comfy futons as well as designer sofa beds that wouldn’t look out of place in an upmarket hotel.

The best approach to a small bedroom is to utilise every inch of space – whether it’s under the bed, over the bed, beneath the window or built into the walls themselves. Plan it well and you could end up with a bedroom that is less of a cramped after-thought and more of a cosy den!

House of Joyce & Jeroen – The Hague, the Netherlands by Personal Architecture BNA

A renovation which provided two distinctive facades, House of Joyce & Jeroen by Personal Architecture BNA is an eclectic modern dream home. Situated on a tree-lined street in The Hague, the Netherlands, this single family townhouse features vertically- split levels, a rear glass facade and an airy openness.

From the front, this home meshes seamlessly with its neighbors with traditional brickwork and window trimmings. It’s only once inside that the magical transformation can be witnessed. As part of the renovation process, floors were removed with volumes interjected–sometimes pushed back–to create more space, such as in the triple-height kitchen. A full-volume well holds the spiral staircase which is encased in raw plywood walls and landings.

Lucien Pellar-Finet – Shinsaibashi, Japan by Kengo Kuma & Associates

A commanding three-story building in Osaka’s Shinsaibashi shopping district, the Lucien Peller-Finet boutique is a modern retail design dream created by Tokyo-based architectural firm Kengo Kuma & Associates.

It’s always so innovative when one prime material is used to transform an interior and that is precisely what occurred here. Said to replicate the organic formation of a plant, structural plywood was utilized to create a honeycomb effect throughout the store which sells luxe cashmere and accessories. The slim-cut timber was kept natural, almost raw, which superbly showcases the iconic jewel-toned merchandise.

Y-House – Singapore by Ong & Ong

With a chic, minimalist energy, Y-House is a modern dream home designed by Singapore-based architectural firm Ong & Ong. Sitting on a residential street, this home is nestled into its sloped setting, with stunning views from all three levels of the single-family residence.

A gabled roof is streamlined, elegantly showcasing the warm wood cladding (made of rice husks!) and cool concrete exteriors of the rather narrow structure. Interior walls mimic this concrete feature and receive horizontal ribbons of glass windows–such an innovative way to bring light inside while keeping spaces private from nearby neighbors. To ensure no view is obstructed, the rear retaining wall is topped with an open cable wire railing.

F Duplex Apartment – Bucharest, Romania by Studio 1408

Perched upon the top two floors of a residential building in central Bucharest, Romania, F Duplex is a modern dream apartment which experienced a complete and beautiful renovation by Studio 1408.

With just over 3,000 square feet, two penthouse apartments were opened up and joined to form one spacious duplex for a young family. The floor plan of this chic dwelling begins on the second level where the entranceway to the main living spaces is situated. A home office, bathroom and laundry are also situated here. Wide-planked wood floors in a satin finish contribute warmth throughout.

Glass Home-Office Apartment by Fertility Design – Taiwan

A sign of the times, the Glass Home-Office Apartment embraces today’s trend of working from home. Envisioned by Taiwanese firm, Fertility Design, this contemporary dream apartment features an oh-so-clever retractable glazed wall as part of its home office plan.

Not only an aesthetically stylish element, this glass partition allows for utmost flexibility within the apartment’s program. For instance, when closed, the office becomes its own cocoon, a quiet workplace separate from the hustle and bustle from the family dwelling. Conversely, the opened doors create a seamless nature between the adjacent living areas while inducing a sense of spaciousness.