House in conservation area uses felled tree for cladding
This landscape house, Bunga Temubusu, called for a sensitive approach as the house is located within a tree conservation area. A strategic organization of the space within the house was carried out to ensure the best spatial flow.
With K2LD Architects’ intention of respecting the natural terrain on which the house sits, resulted in an elegant design where the house only lightly touches the ground. This also allows the user an elevated view of the beautiful lush surrounding. In an effort to mirror as much of the natural surroundings as possible, the tree trunk of a large tree on the land which had to be felled, was re-used and recycled as part of the external cladding of the house.
The house also takes careful consideration of Singapore’s tropical climate without forgoing the visual and phenomenal transparency of the house. The big glass windows are double glazed and the house with its high ceilings and double volume spaces and openings at all sides encourage ventilation.
The transition from the interior to the exterior spaces is seamless & effortlessly graceful as instead of definitive boundary, the different spaces are hinted at through the subtle changes in floor materials. The interconnection of the spaces are further explored by having large glass windows and doors on the ground level which allow the functional spaces to merge with the natural surroundings, resulting in a visual delight.
Materials chosen are purposefully rustic, engaging the Japanese concept of “wabi-sabi” with rough cut stone, Corten-Steel and re-conditioned old teak.