Centred in Zen, a form of Mahayana Buddhism, ensō is the circular form meant to symbolise enlightenment, strength, elegance, and the universe. It is often expressed through the concept of a type of minimalism born from Japanese aesthetics.
Using circles as a motif with a focus on a minimalist design, this 4-room HDB incorporates curves and rounded arches wherever possible, from the island counter down to the settee.
In a conceptual context, a circular negative space in the middle of the home was also created to form a gathering space for social events, as well as to unify all the rooms.
Each room is demarcated with a slight variation in colour and rounded edges, perhaps invoking an image of one gently ushering you into every room.