“The kitchen is an important part of the house, usually conceived as the centre and heart of the household,” says Rene Tan, the co-founder of RT+Q Architects. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that this culinary space takes centre stage in his new home—which holds plenty of clever surprises, for both the family and their pets.
Dubbed the House of Spice, the architect considers the home as “a series of experiments”—it was designed to celebrate cabinetry work while being a low-energy emission house that will be shaded from the sun and rain. The family also wanted to experiment with landscaping and created a thriving garden with spice terraces that features herbs and vegetables such as chili, dill, basil, pandan and vegetables like ladies’ fingers; edible plants that Tan's wife Chuah Woei Woei enjoys incorporating into their family meals.
In the video below, the architect and his wife explain more about the kitchen design of their home: