Singapore – For the past few years, the prefix co- has been overworked across the Frame channels. Collaboration and connection are at the core of many recent spatial-design developments: co-working and co-living, for two, while the term ‘co-creation’ was the red thread running through this year’s Frame Awards event.
But what happens when you design a co-living space, just as the entire world heads into forced hibernation? Such was the case for Ministry of Design (MOD), whose Canvas House co-living project opened a month ago in the studio’s home base of Singapore. Located in a heritage shophouse, the establishment is from the developers at Figment, who gave MOD just four months to turn the interior into a series of expat rental suites for three- to twelve-month stays.
When we spoke to MOD’s design director Colin Seah and Mr Fang Low, the owner of Canvas House, Singapore was in a state of semi lockdown, with all short-term visitors barred from entering. ‘Things have been slow due to COVID-19, but we are taking all precautions – even if they come at the cost of occupancy in the short term,’ says Low. ‘Precautions include making sure potential members do not come from high-risk countries, providing hand sanitizer and masks in the house, and conducting regular disinfection sessions.’