The Winged House, Singapore

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The Winged House emerges from the ground as a simultaneously abstract and material expression of its place, celebrating its tropical context while at the same time indulging in a virtuosic play with form. Approaching the house, one meets two grand timber doors with vertical timber-framed slot windows on either side and above the transom.

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Photography by Masano Kawana

Open the doors and the eye is drawn immediately to the garden beyond and the three palm trees. Once inside, the house opens up entirely to the lush tropical garden at the rear with the two trapezoidal forms framing the garden into a private, yet expansive, place for relaxing and entertaining. Framed by the thrusting roof forms, with the elevated living space looking down on the open tropical entertainment pavilion next to the swimming pool, the garden takes on the character of an open –air theater. In many ways, this is a house designed for gatherings and entertainment. The ground floor is the public realm.

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The house (is described) in terms of two winged forms. This is because he has taken the two trapezoidal volumes and exploded them into a sculptural canopy that suggest a series of film frames of a bird’s wings as it takes flight. The roof offers generous overhangs, providing shade and shelter from heavy rain. Crucially, though, the separation of the roof enables a high degree of natural ventilation, allowing the house to largely forego air-conditioning.

The materials selection and internals verticality of the house work together with the transparency to connect the house to its landscape context and its curtilage of tall trees.

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This article was published in the May 2015 issue of Inspire Living Magazine. Download it here!

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