Residential project in Singapore attempts to blend in with surroundings with green facade
The house stands as a monolithic green building, quietly complementing its context – a lush park opposite the plot. From the outside, the house is a patina-aged copper clad cube with window openings and timber infill carved into the façade. Inside, the spaces are varied with the interplay of double volumes, curved ceiling and sculptured gardens.
The concept was based on an abstract design through the process of volumetric reduction of a 9-by-9 cube. The volumes in-between the north and south wings of the house were reduced to allow the passageway to be kept to optimum dimensions, allowing effective cross ventilation. Taking into consideration the neighborring dwelling units of the adjacent plots, the volume on the third storey is further reduced to minimise the impact of the massing of the building in its context.
The patina-aged copper cladding on the external façade not only reflects the luscious greenery of the neighbourhood, but also allows the ‘Green Home’ to reduce energy consumption through passive design strategy. It reduces maintenance costs over the operational life of the building and also acts as a heat barrier wall to the internal spaces. Given that the site was north –south facing, the living areas and bedrooms were designed towards the front and rear of the house, while the bathrooms and service zones located on the east-west facing act as an additional heat buffer zone to the living areas. Both the living spaces and bedrooms were given the lush view of the park, bringing the home closer to the nature.