The 3,650 sq ft double-storey space was not in the best shape but the team took this as a challenge. "We love to refurbish aged spaces, especially one that has been left vacant, lonely and unkempt," remarks Jean Tan, founder and lead designer of Red Panda. "The existing space planning had badly placed partitioning, which obstructed natural lighting from reaching into the depths of the residence."
In fact, the client, who was introduced by a friend, had specifically commented that he found the dark staircase void rather depressing. The designers took this as a cue that the client favoured natural light.