Lookbox Design Awards 2019: Celebrating Excellence in Design for HDB Flats, Apartments and Homes

Lookbox Design Awards 2019: Celebrating Excellence in Design for HDB Flats, Apartments and Homes

Lookbox Design Awards unveils a stellar line-up of Singapore’s finest interior design projects for residential homes, apartments and entertainment spaces


Lookbox Design Awards 2019 Gala Night at InterContinental Singapore saw 200 leading members of Singapore’s design community coming together to celebrate a selection of outstanding homes and interior designers who designed them. A testament to the breadth and strength of the creative community, 184 entries were submitted for the 2019 awards programme, with 57 projects selected by an esteemed panel of judges to compete in the finals across 11 award categories.

"Lookbox Design Awards has established itself to be the definitive platform to showcase rising talents in the Singapore interior design industry,” said Kelley Cheng, Lookbox Design Awards 2017-19 Judge, Founder and Creative Director of The Press Room.

House of the Year / Outstanding HDB Flat

The 2019 favourite, a winner in several categories, GOY Architects received the coveted “Home of the Year” as well as “Outstanding HDB Flat” accolade for their ryokan-inspired HDB apartment, Shizukokoro. Translated as ‘calm mind’, the HDB apartment was designed as a relaxing abode and an escape from the daily hustle and bustle. Evoking the imagery of a traditional Japanese ryokan, the HDB apartment’s interior design  features Shoji inspired windows and a controlled palette of materials and natural elements like stone and timber to create a serene and tranquil atmosphere for the owners.

Outstanding HDB Flat: People’s Choice 2019 

A new category introduced in 2019, the public was invited to vote for their favourite HDB apartment from a shortlisted selection of eight projects. The winning project, Where Raw Meets Refined by Neu Konceptz, is a HDB apartment that unveils a sophisticated design approach through the use of materials and textures, with close attention to the details that come together in a cohesive way.  A calm natural palette of wood and stone connects the interior spaces with one another, while metal accents add a subtle touch of luxury to the HDB Apartment.

Outstanding Private Apartment

A three-bedroom walk-up apartment was transformed by UPSTAIRS_ via clever spatial planning and utilisation of the apartment’s dramatic pitch-roofed double volume space. Dubbed The Loft Box Apartment, the home positions its social spaces at the centre and features a calm and light palette to emphasise the heights and the light coming into its interiors. Maximising the usage of space, the apartment’s interior design consolidates the different spaces into a “Box Loft”, with the top of the box structure made into an informal attic.

Outstanding Landed Home

An African-themed home by Haus Atelier secured a win in the Outstanding Landed Home category with its design derived from the house owners’ love of wildlife photography and accentuation of the original architectural elements of an old colonial house. Respecting the building’s original history, Haus Atelier wove hints of South African culture into the design of the home, while integrating modern sensibility into the overall style and character into the interior spaces.

Best Space for Entertaining

UPSTAIRS_ secured another win with 1027 Sticks – a two-bedroom apartment’s interior design that was completely remodelled to emphasise larger, open spaces for entertainment. The open-plan double volume social space at the heart of the apartment is surrounded by spaces for lounging and gathering and anchored by a kitchen island and also serves as a dining counter and bar. The design accommodates a range of functions that maximise the limited space within the home, while keeping the social areas open and uncluttered.

Best Space for Retreat

The ryokan-style Zhizukokoro by Goy Architects was selected as the best space for retreat for its series of simple interventions that created a decidedly serene apartment for its owners. The interior designers introduced Shiji inspired windows that were frosted to transform the harsh natural light into a soft glow conducive to an atmosphere for contemplation and relaxation. Throughout, pale timber portals and platforms were implemented to frame the spaces of the home. The LBDA jury was especially impressed with the design team’s customised furniture items that enhanced the feeling of being transported into a Japanese retreat.

Best Small Space Living

For its winning project in the category, atelier here exhibited an ingenious usage of a small one-bedroom apartment to create an open, yet cosy and quiet home in the heart of a busy neighbourhood. The choice of materials and scale at Cairnhill Residence was a deliberate decision by the interior designers to create a feeling of an intimate forest cabin that opened up to the lush views of greenery through the apartment’s full-length windows. A natural and understated colour palette with splashes of green helped to transform a simple space into a luxurious retreat within the city.

Best Open Plan Concept 

For 1027 Sticks, UPSTAIRS_ completely remodelled an irregularly-shaped apartment with seven-metre-high double volume ceilings into a loft-like, multifunctional space well suited for its owners. At the heart of the home, a social space for entertaining is anchored by a kitchen island that doubles as a dining counter and bar and surrounded by spaces for lounging and gathering. The designers also cleverly used perforated steel mesh to design an elevated loft floating above the main living space to add visual interest and texture to the industrial yet cosy setting of the home.

Most Dramatic Transformation

MONOCOT’s Everton Park snagged a win in the Most Dramatic Transformation category with a complete uplift and redesign of a 38-year-old apartment. As the owners wanted a retro-inspired home, the designers preserved the original terrazzo, the main gate and the louvered windows but completely re-planned the entire apartment to design free-flowing, open-plan spaces that visually opened up the flat. Peripheral spaces were maximised with the kitchen unit and bookcase sharing a wall and interiors were uplifted through the use of concrete, plywood, stainless steel and wired glass to create contemporary and comfortable interiors with a well-balanced combination of functionality and aesthetics.

Interior Design Firm of the Year

UPSTAIRS_ received the prestigious accolade of the Interior Firm of the Year by impressing the judges with its rigorous approach and immaculate execution of its design projects. A winner in the same category in 2017, the jury selected the interior design firm again in 2019 for its creative growth and progress over the years and long-standing passion to achieve the best designs.

Olha Romaniuk

16 Dec 2019, 10:00 AM

With an insatiable thirst for travel and love for architecture, Olha splits her time betweein working in an exhibition design firm and writing for renowned publications like Interior design, Design Anthology, Hospitality Design, Vanilla Luxury and Singapore Tatler Homes. Follow her adventures in Instagram.