Call of the forest

Concrete, glass, timber and steel meet space, light and nature

by James Forryan 27 November 2008
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    This house is an outcome of an owner’s dream to live in a forest setting amidst the urbanized city of Singapore, and an architect’s interpretations of this dream. The house was conceived as a three-dimensional landscape installation, whereby the spaces were then inserted. The section reveals a series of interchangeable rooms floating in a bigger volume of space. This volume is fitted into a terrace plot with a 2-storey high retaining wall at the rear, which was transformed into a pebbled waterfall that opens up to the sky. Below, a pond that collects rainwater encompasses the living area.

    A rich array of garden types was arranged; a kitchen entrance grove of trees, a 2-storey internal enclosure of fern walls to the living spaces, moss pebble entrances to bedrooms. The design has a living, organic quality, where the plants grow and mature, where the smell of wet soil fills the air, where the leaves drop and wither in the house.The configurations of the spaces and luxuriant use of plants and water elements generate a cool microclimate within the house, reducing the need for air-conditioning and artificial lighting. This house offers a congenial atmosphere, where residents can enjoy quality of its spaces and be in sync with nature.


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