The architecture of this modern family home responds directly to the context of the site, which sits on a long plot in downtown Singapore. Due to the plot characteristics, a linear layout with two building wings cleft by a central ‘garden insertion’ was proposed to introduce light and views of greenery into the living areas on the first and second stories. From the exterior, a clear view of the central courtyard garden can be seen through the living spaces. Moving into the house, an expansive open living, dining and kitchen culminates in a framed picture view of a pair of landscape trees.

The interior is designed to exude a hint of understated luxury, with large slab-cut Bulgarian limestone flooring contrasted by ebony-stained Oak finishes for the kitchen carpentry and a custom made full height wine display cabinet with dark glass panels. Black metal elements are utilised for the TV console, which is integrated with a display shelf for the owner’s various accessories. On the exterior, rough textured dark granite wall cladding and stained tropical hardwood were chosen as finishes for reasons of exclusivity and durability. An intimate open garden on the second floor provides shade and privacy for the master bedroom and walk-in-wardrobe, while allowing framed landscape views from these same areas.