MKPL Architects completed the house at Bishopsgate in Singapore
Designed for an elderly couple that enjoys the outdoors and the company of friends, the house is located in an up market landed-housing estate. It is perched on a site that is elevated some 6m from the road with a commanding view of the neighborhood. A series of single and double-storey pavilions loosely encapsulates a central garden space. The swimming pool is integrated as a water feature of the garden, where outdoor spaces are brought indoors and vice versa.
A restrained palette of materials and colors – stone, timber and clay roof tiles are employed in a contemporary manner, yet appropriate to its traditional form of pitch roofs and deep overhangs – a modern tropical Asian house. A mature and majestic Tembusu tree provides a visual counterpoint to the low rise building structures – a good measure of its scale.
Here the architecture is relaxed, accommodating the traditional and modern, building with the site and heightening the natural precipice without strain.