A fellow architect I once worked with burst out in frustration after a particularly trying session with a particularly trying client, for whom we were designing a vacation home, “All I really want to do is to design my own house! Isn’t that every architect’s dream?”
Indeed. Which architect hasn’t dreamed about designing his own house? Well, at least one of us at CPG has been there and done it – Patrick Tan’s house, a 50-year old terrace house that he completely re-designed and reconstructed, was recently featured in Singapore Architect (“Of Light Green Space“, SA Issue 266). It’s no walk in the park, as Patrick will tell you, juggling work and teaching in the day, and family and design at night, especially since the house was designed and built within a short period of 10 months.
So how did Patrick manage to do it all? He smiles in reply, ” My wife is also my client.”
Ah yes, of course.♦