House 24 (Residential Architecture) by Koon Park Lim
2016 - 2017, Golden A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner
In a usual circumstance, the front of the house is the most important - not in our case. House 24 is sited on a triangular plot, a constraint that we took on as an opportunity to engage with the siting and planning of the house - to achieve a meaningful footprint that actualised the client’s spatial, functional, and privacy requirement. Moreover, the site adjoins a lushly landscaped state land that we endeavoured to take advantage of at every available opportunity and every habitable space.
The courtyard screen fronting the street was an opportunity to explore what timber craftsmanship might mean in contemporary architecture, and we envisioned the screen to be a well-crafted element with modern aesthetic and detailing. It eventually manifested itself as a refined and rhythmic facade. A delightful pattern of light and shadow plays out over the course of each day creating a relaxing ambience that reinforces the client’s desire to live in a home that reflected its tropical locality.
Design Challenges
House 24 is sited on a triangular plot of land, which after the necessary setback requirements, presented itself as quite the constraint. We took on this constraint as an opportunity to think about the siting and planning of the house - to achieve a meaningful footprint that would be able to meet the spatial and functional requirement given by the clients, who has three growing children. This became one of the main drivers throughout the design and construction process.
Production Technology
MATERIALS & METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION - Natural stone, including Roman travertine, G654 grey granite, Shanxi Black granite - Granite look-alike homogenous tiles - American Walnut timber flooring - American Walnut mixed crown and quarter cut veneer on feature walls - Accoya acetylated wood for external cladding and decking, and courtyard screen - Hot dipped galvanised & spray painted mild steel structure & cladding - Pebble wash external walls on first-storey
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