Hidden gem on Cairnhill Road

The freehold, conserved terraced house in prime Orchard Road is on the market for an undisclosed price. The owner, David Tan, chairman of interior design firm TID Associates, offers a peek into the home that he has designed in collaboration with RT+Q

Exterior of the conserved terrace house on Cairnhill Road (Credit: David Tan)
The current home of TID Associates’ chairman, David Tan, may be a penthouse at The Interlace along Depot Road, but for more than a decade, a conserved terraced house along Cairnhill Road was the interior designer’s beloved abode.
Though the façade of the house is unassuming, the interiors have been tailored according to Tan’s design philosophy that “the living space should embody the aesthetic flair as well as the functional needs of its inhabitants”.
To achieve this, Tan collaborated with Rene Tan, co-founder of RT+Q Architects. He envisioned the heritage home as a “solid foundation” to build on but wanted “the whole place to be very bright and contemporary”, he tells EdgeProp Singapore.
The indoor courtyard that links to the kitchen on the first floor (Credit: David Tan)
With approval from URA, Tan embarked on a $3 million renovation a decade ago. This includes tearing down the rear of the house, piling the foundation, installing a lift, as well as constructing a rooftop swimming pool with a depth of 1.2m.
Following the renovation, the total built-up area of the house is now somewhere between 6,500 and 6,700 sq ft, compared with slightly over 4,000 sq ft previously. Spanning two storeys with a mezzanine and attic, the house now comprises four bedrooms, of which three are en suite.

A modern update

Tan’s house is the only one along the row of conserved terraced houses on Cairnhill Road that boasts a swimming pool. “I like to swim, [so] this is for me,” he says. When he resided there, he used to get himself ready in the steam room beside the rooftop pool before swimming laps. This...