The Lucky Shophouse can be found in Joo Chiat, Singapore. This fabulous dream home was transformed by CHANG Architects from a 1920s shophouse into a modern residence displaying brick walls and wooden details under high ceilings. Its name derives from the original name of the place – The Lucky Book Store. Architects preserved the front facade and designed a sophisticated interior while maintaining original details at the owners’ request.
Creating a flexible collection of interior spaces intended for both socialization and privacy, architects exposed a sequence of views by adding full-height timber sliding panels that open the space to the outdoors. A central garden space connects the old construction to a new single-storey one. Privacy is maintained through the use of interesting openings successfully replacing conventional windows. Daylight and cross ventilation keep the energy consumption low, while the owners get to enjoy the neighborhood and their own dream home with the same passion they had in childhood, when they used to buy music cassettes or gum from the old shophouse.