Singapore's FARM studio seeks to create a conversation between the existing building and the new in its Pool Shophouse
Singapore-based design studio FARM, in collaboration with KD Architects, was invited to be one of seven studios involved in a collection of renovating old local shophouses. This formed part of the Lorong 24A Shophouse Series in Geylang, Singapore, conceived as a series of architectural experiments and showpieces for each architect.
The ‘pool shophouse' seeks to create a conversation between the existing building and the ‘insertion' of the new, rather than simply as an ‘extension'.
"We wanted to explore the spatial opportunities within such a configuration while heightening a unique experience inherent within the spatial structure of a shophouse," the studio said.
The monolithic lap pool on the first storey emphasises 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.