This unassuming house sits on an odd shaped plot in the heart of central Singapore. Surrounded by an arterial road leading to an expressway on the main length of the site, the house is shielded off from the traffic by the use of vertical off-form concrete fin walls, which are placed strategically to allow views of the lap pool and landscaping planted as a buffer element. The living, dining and dry kitchen open onto views of the water feature, lap pool and lush landscape garden beyond. A sculptural spiral staircase is carefully inserted between these concrete walls, part of it overhanging the lap pool water below, creating an imagery of the staircase floating above the water.
Taking respite and privacy into consideration, all three bedrooms including the master suite were located on the 2nd storey. A notable and interesting element would be the master bedroom’s balcony which bridges over the pool on the 2nd storey, creating a vantage point for the users to retreat to. The generously sized gym is located at the attic, where users are greeted by unhampered views of the surrounding while exercising. Horizontal aluminium sliding screens were also implemented on the exterior façade to provide privacy and sun shading to the users. Oak timber was introduced to both the ceiling and flooring to complement and soften the off-form concrete interiorly; this creates a homely, yet contemporary look and feel. The overall building form reflects a raw yet refined construction, supplemented by nature and water elements. The material palette consists of four thoughtfully chosen materials – off-form concrete, oak timber, grey gravel-washed walls and white powdercoated metal screens, reflecting the mood of the house, contemporary yet subtle and refined in nature.