Private Residences, Singapore
The original brief was for a group of buildings within a garden setting including the main family home, swimming pool and small guest house/pavilion. However, as the project evolved and the family expanded, the guest house accommodation grew to become a substantial five-bedroom, 650 sq m home in its own right and a smaller third pavilion-style dwelling of 120 sq m was added. The combined floor area of all three buildings is approximately 2,300 sq m. The three homes – interconnected via an outdoor lounge and swimming pool area – are set within extensive landscaped tropical gardens.
The modular design of the buildings is organised according to a very clear linear expression based on a 4.5m structural grid. It draws upon some of the ideas of Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Prairie Houses’, low, extended buildings which are characterised by shallow, sloping roofs, overhangs and terraces. Views are maximised, while each residence is organised so that privacy between the buildings is maintained. All service, kitchen, bathroom and staff facilities are located to the rear boundary edges of the property.
The masterplan organises the buildings along the rear boundaries of the site so they appear to ‘nestle’ within the landscape. The main house – with an internal area of approximately 1,500 sq m – is situated along the highest part of the site and is two storeys plus a large basement area. A double-height entrance foyer leads visitors into the lower and upper levels of the main house, offering tree-top views onto the landscaped gardens and terraced areas below, as well as panoramic views of Singapore’s skyline.
The plans are simple and rational; the large open plan living, entertaining, and sleeping areas are all arranged to face the central garden.
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