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Flexible condo layouts: 3 condos that have ditched cookie-cutter floor plans

When you’ve been to enough viewings or housewarming parties, you would notice that condo layouts in Singapore all look the same. Unless you’re fortunate enough to have landed a penthouse or a 5-bedroom unit, your fate is most likely sealed by the run-of-the-mill combination of a balcony, an enclosed kitchen, and three tiny rooms. Deciding to build a platform or tear down a wall or two is as far as customisation goes.

Don’t get us wrong - the typical condo layout has its merits, at least for small families of three or couples with no children. However, it offers little workaround for helpers and parents who might be moving in, or a second child on the day. Now, only underutilised space in that study or walk-in wardrobe can be carved out to suit your practical needs.

In the spirit of keeping things open-ended, some developments have embraced flexibility in their living spaces. From integrating an additional flexi-room to installing modular walls, they have been deliberately designed to accommodate evolving needs down the line.

Here are three of them:

1. Olloi

Aptly located within the heritage enclave of Joo Chiat, Olloi is a freehold residence that houses 34 multi-generational 3-bedroom and 4-bedroom apartments, including dual-key options that are perfect for residents staying with elderly parents. The project in District 15 was designed by award-winning folks, and it shows. Characterised by high ceilings and full-length windows for abundant natural light, the apartments are touted to be landed homes in the sky.

The living areas, which span a generous width of three metres, can be further enlarged should you choose to do away with a third bedroom. This is in addition to the flexible modular systems which allow residents to reconfigure their wardrobes easily. Some units also come with a flexi area that can be transformed into a study, a helper’s room, or storage space, with doors added at no cost. For a personal touch, you can even pick the colours that go on the finishes.

2. Cuscaden Reserve

Another brainchild of an award-winning architect, Cuscaden Reserve is a 28-storey tower just across the Regent Hotel. Despite being in a central location, its 192 units in one to four bedroom configurations sit in a manicured plot of lush greenery.

Within these units, residents interact with the work of Bespoke Bauhuas through sliding walls that can be separated at will. These allow you to tuck spaces away, carve out pockets of privacy, or create a loft-like environment for personalised living. Rest assured that this functionality is far from clunky - the woodworks are specially designed, crafted, and built to ensure seamlessness across your home.

As a cherry on top, Cuscaden Reserve has collaborated with the hospitality professionals at Seven Palms Resort Management luxury experts at K11 ARTUS to realise the concept of an artisanal home within its collection. Residents can expect top-notch service befitting of luxury hotels alongside the adaptability of their interior spaces.

3. Woodleigh Residences

Woodleigh Residences is a 99-year leasehold project that was recently relaunched in the up and coming Bidadari Estate with 667 units. The integrated development gives residents supreme accessibility to the MRT station and a shopping mall, but its location only scratches the surface.

The concept of integration is imbued in the apartments at Woodleigh Residences, which tout Japanese design and quality. Its three to four bedroom units come with modular, socket-free and non-load bearing walls that can be easily expanded. The interior space is capable of shape-shifting to accommodate elderly parents, young children, large gatherings, or a home office, complete with flushed flooring to the balcony to create the illusion of oneness.

Of course, it isn’t really Japanese without their smart bathrooms, and that’s why the Woodleigh Residences is one of the few places in Singapore where you can find bidet toilets. To complete the experience, there’s even an indoor onsen overlooking Bidadari Park and Alkaff Lake.

Flexible condo layouts in Singapore

While a penthouse or 5-bedroom unit may not be in the cards yet, these condos with flexible living spaces provide added flexibility within your budget. If you’re looking to buy a condo in the second half of 2022, this article might help you make a more informed decision.


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