Surprising Seclusion / HYLA Architects

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  • Architects: HYLA Architects
  • Location: Singapore, Singapore
  • Lead Architect: Han Loke Kwang
  • Project Team: Chong Wen Jin, Thomas Ong
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Derek Swalwell
  • Structural Engineer: GCE Consulting Engineers
  • Main Contractor: Praxis Contractors Pte Ltd
  • Landscape Contractor: Green Forest Landscape Pte Ltd
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Text description provided by the architects. With both the front and rear facing busy roads and the side an old house, this house looks inwards. A triple volume covered but naturally ventilated court with a pool becomes the focus of the internal space.

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First and Second Storey Plans First and Second Storey Plans
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On the side, a sculptural staircase cantilevers from the wall to reach the family room on the second level. The journey continues upwards on another staircase with a stepped planter on the side and lit from above.

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The whole house is finished in off-form concrete

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grey face brick. The Master bathroom continues this theme, with brick openings that allow ventilation but not views through.

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This bathroom, as well as the attic bath, has planting areas that offer a green contrast to the grey scheme. Custom storage units in the living, family, and study echo the concrete and brick geometry of the house. 

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