The existing semi-detached house was a 30 year old house that had stood the test of time. Our clients approached us for a reconstruction of the existing house- with the intention to cater for their family consisting of the couple and their 2 young children.
From the start, our brief was not to maximize the buildable area. The family appreciated the outdoors and the greenery in front of the house was to be preserved. It was a play area the children would most enjoy on an elevated land a few steps above the car porch.
In rethinking the use of the spaces, we sought to make the indoor spaces functional whilst enhancing them with a connection to the outdoors.
The ground floor public areas were “opened up” by demolishing the enclosing walls and enhancing natural light and ventilation with full height glass doors.
A generously spacious timber patio outside of the living room was proposed to allow the living room to extend outside. A textured featured wall continues the dialogue from the inside to the outside and effectively blurs the boundaries.
The result is a living room that is bright and airy. Stepping up to the dining area, the space for dining is similarly allowed to spill outwards with an extension of a outdoor timber deck – creating a romantic space for after hours relaxation after a family gathering.
The roof was redesigned to include a series of skylights above the straight flight of stairs to the second storey.
A generous family area greets one on the second storey. where a lush outdoor planter (which the Owners had a free-hand choosing the plant mix) spans the entire length. The planter is accessible by large sliding aluminum glass doors, and effectively brings in natural light and greenery to the upper storey.
The planter also is visible from the common bath to the family area and stretches to peak into the master bathroom.
The master bedroom is located in the front of the house. We designed the balcony space in front of the large bedroom with a more sensitive touch akin to a “sky patio” with a series of sliding timber screens. The Owners were able to adjust their placement in accordance to their preferences for lighting and privacy.
Our Client’s requirements were specific in their response to certain spaces. The living area was to be comfortably spacious and the dining and kitchen were important social areas both for entertaining friends as well as spending quality time with family.
In terms of comfort, the bedrooms and bathrooms had to be designed with the user in mind. We engaged the couple as well as their son and daughter in the expression and designation of these spaces. From the orientation of the furniture in the bedrooms to the selections of finishes and sanitary wares and fittings, we catered to the specific and unique tastes of the children, with an interest for individual expression.
Our design used a green wall as a buffer zone to detach the house slightly from the neighbouring house, giving an impression of it being detached. The front of the house is articulated with horizontal screens that helped to screen western sunlight whilst at the same time allow for views out from the bedroom
Green walls acts as a natural air filtration system, removing toxins and releasing oxygen to the environment. It also acts as a subtle noise barrier with its lush greenery.
We created a 9m tall green wall from the 2nd storey to the open terrace at the attic storey.
The bathrooms were planned at this location at 2nd and 3rd storey. The green wall grows vertically to reach the level of the open terrace at the attic.
At the bathrooms, the lushly planted green wall is an the inspiring, refreshing and calming feature wall that greets one as they enter the master bathroom at the 2nd storey and bathroom at the 3rd storey.
When the glass doors are opened, the bathrooms are naturally-ventilated. When the doors are closed, the user has full view of the green wall, which is visually refreshing for the user of the shower and long bath.
A series of vertical timber fins were designed along the length of the glazing to give a level of screening and privacy for the bathrooms.
The choice of solid teak wood for the timber fins blended well with the wall of foliage as a backdrop.
At the attic, the green wall is fully exposed for the full view and enjoyment of the users entertaining and relaxing at the terrace. The integrated vertical green wall indeed acts as the visual connection for the whole house.
We enhanced the greenery of the terrace by allowing for a extensive planter box that surrounds the outdoor terrace to the family room and the bathroom.
The project is an inter terrace house located in the lush verdant surrounds of Upper Thomson suburbs, facing the fields of James Cook University.
Our clients were a couple who had bought the old single storey house as their matrimonial home. The intention was to demolish and rebuild a new house.
Typical of intermediate terrace houses in Singapore, the frontage is 6m with a substantial depth of 21m.
Drawing inspiration from the lush greenery in the neighborhood, and the couple’s love for the outdoors, we sought to explore how the light and greenery of the outdoors can be brought to the deep interiors of the house.
Most intermediate terrace houses are deep and the first instinct is usually to maximize the floor area. The result is the central part of the house remains dark, with only the front and the rear of house enjoying natural light and ventilation.
Our strategy was to enhance the spaces instead of strictly maximizing it.
A planting strip is introduced at the front of the house to create a visual green separation from the neighbor. A continuous vertical wall spanning 2 and half stories serves as a potential green feature wall. The living room faces this wall at the 1st storey where one can observe the creeping plants climb to the 2nd storey where the master bedroom resides.
At the centre of the house, between the dining room and the kitchen, is an air well that is open to the sky. This allows ample light and ventilation to enter the kitchen and makes for an inviting place which the couple can indulge in their love for cooking and entertainment.
Above the staircase is a generous skylight and we designed an open riser staircase to further enhance the naturally lighted experience.
The master bedroom faces the front of the facade and we enhanced the outdoor experience with a double volume balcony that spans the entire width of the bedroom.
In order to mitigate the west directed sun from the frontage, a series of sliding vertical screens were designed. The effect is a striking feature for the house without compromising on the user’s comfort and enjoyment of the outdoors.