Private Residences, Singapore
The main house establishes the language for the rest of the pavilions. It is characterised by large roof overhangs, cantilevered upper floors, limestone clad retaining wall structures and predominantly glass façades. Each pavilion is different in its own right yet connected by the use of structure, materials and form. The lines of the earth retaining structures extend away from the buildings into the landscape establishing both a visual and physical connection between the buildings.
The main house is crowned with an upper storey that appears to float. This is achieved by the use of high-level windows and the horizontal expression of the steel facia at both floor and roof level. This is also reflected in the articulation of the roof and facade elements in the two larger pavilions.
As well as provision for living and dining areas, Western and Asian kitchens and staff quarters and storage, the brief required a large master bedroom suite on the upper floor of the main house with adjacent bathrooms, study and office areas. The upper floor of the main house is a private sanctuary that is very separate to the formal living spaces below housing guest accommodation, a gymnasium, massage room, two private offices as well as the master bedroom suite with changing and bathroom facilities. The Interiors were designed by Kathryn Kng.
There is a 10-metre change in levels from the rear of the site to the street frontage. To overcome this change, the six-car garage accommodation, plant room areas, staff accommodation, storage, library, and cinema & entertainment areas are built into the ground, minimising the building mass from the street frontage. External steps link the main house with the other pavilions.
The buildings are predominantly transparent (three sides have full-height glass façades) to maximise both light and views. All have large sliding glass doors facing onto terraces, effectively creating a single external area when open.
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