The word ‘mezzanine’ is derived from the Italian term mezzo, which means ‘half’. It typically refers to an intermediate floor in a building looking down onto a double-height space. There are many advantages to having a mezzanine in a home. Functionally, they provide additional floor area. Aesthetically, they connect two separate spaces in an informal way.
In 2015, changes to the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Envelope Control Guidelines in Singapore did away with former pre-determined storey heights for houses in the city. As long as the overall internal height complies with the permissible building envelope, architects can be free with their creativity when it comes to creating mezzanine floors.
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“Floors can be staggered to be interconnected and high-volume spaces can be created. In short, it potentially allows for the creation of more inventive and rich spaces if the motivation is not about maximising floor area,” says Alan Tay, managing partner and principal architect at Formwerkz Architects. Such visual and spatial transparency is not only uplifting but can help to improve the spatial connectivity in a home.
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