Wonder Box exemplifies the “small is beautiful” concept. The designer has demonstrated a meticulous understanding of the client’s needs for extra storage by encapsulating the back of house, wet areas and bomb shelter into a compact whole. The contents within the box unfold, telling a story of the homeowners’ lives as they eat, live and play.
This is a brilliant piece of crafted design. The designer sacrificed some space to achieve a more significant overall result. As a pristine yet humble solution, Wonder Box, delivered on a low budget, is a huge achievement.
Through clever use of resources, Wonder Box redefines the space of an HDB flat and changes the experience of living in one. It will inspire other HDB dwellers and homeowners to improve their quality of living through exploring and adopting good home design. This is a scalable precedent for mitigating restricted space provision in Singapore housing.
Built to conceal a bomb shelter, two bathrooms and storage areas, the Wonder Box is an innovative design solution that showcases both form and functionality. Singapore’s HDB flats are often presented with common, stereotypical design options. However, Wonder Box is proof that high-rise living can be made far more interesting, with the right concept.
Wonder Box makes a strong visual statement from all angles, whether you view it from the living room or from any other areas of the home. The glossy black laminated box-like structure fully uses the narrow layout of the HDB flat, without overwhelming its 969 sq ft space. By extending its length horizontally, the visual weight of the box is greatly reduced, giving a sense of aesthetic balance to its surroundings. Its intelligent design also allows the homeowners to do away with door handles, which enhances the sleek space as a result.
Sitting in the centre of the flat, Wonder Box looks even more striking when it is lit at night. I like the idea of a box that keeps everything out of sight, because having an uncluttered home gives you peace of mind.
Would you have imagined having a “floating” box that is capable of concealing the existing areas including the homeowners’ wardrobes, TV cabinet and even the AC ledge? I would have never thought it was possible until I saw this. It really is a solution that gives anyone who steps into the HDB flat a sense of “wondrous magic”.
Wonder Box deserves the President’s Design Award for its unconventional approach to maximising an HDB flat’s space that is executed on a modest budget.