Whampoa BTO Flat Transformed Into Minimalist Japanese Heaven

Japanese Zen Design Makes BTO Flat Seem Like It’s Not In Singapore

Whampoa is an estate with mostly old HDB blocks that people wouldn’t think twice about.

But a couple in their 30’s has gotten creative with renovating their 4-room BTO flat in the neighbourhood to turn it into every minimalist’s dream.

Light colour tones

Gone are the days of brightly-coloured walls or wallpapers with tacky patterns. Nobody wants a house that’s screaming for attention from all corners.

Clean, white walls all around make the house feel spacious as there is uniformity throughout the entire space.


The muted colours are also reflected in the light wood tones. These contribute to the zen effect characteristic of Japanese minimalist designs.

Now you know how little it takes to make your house a literal comfort zone. Just stick to lighter colours!

Textured panels

Wooden textures in some parts of the BTO flat contrast wonderfully with the plain white walls.


They add to the relaxing vibes by mimicking the colour palette of a house nestled within a Japanese garden.


It kind of resembles the Genko-an Temple in Kyoto with the wooden panels and open concept of the non-partitioned space.

There’s even a mini stone sculpture to match.


Now here’s a perfect place for you to retreat and meditate.

A warm and inviting home

Designed by local architecture and design company Studio Super Safari, this 92 sq m flat in Whampoa is a homeowner’s heaven.

Every space is curated to provide maximum comfort with minimum objects while maintaining full functionality.


Imagine sitting in this living space with a good book and a warm cup of coffee on a rainy Sunday. Or unwinding and watching TV with your significant other after a long day at work.


Preparing meals and having them in the kitchen that flows into the dining area would be a hassle-free affair.


And you can envision yourself on vacation in a peaceful Japanese resort with a bedroom that looks like this.

This couple’s unique BTO flat is proof that size and location do not determine how hip or cool your home is. All you need is some creative ideas and the right designers to help execute them.

Condo residents and homeowners in trendy neighbourhoods like Tiong Bahru would envy this Whampoa flat’s new look.

In case you were wondering, the median price of a 4-room BTO flat in Kallang/Whampoa in the November 2016 launch was S$545,000.

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