Seductive Simplicity – Branksome Road

Seductive Simplicity – Branksome Road

Location

Branksome Road, Singapore

Status Of Project

Completed

Architects

Aamer Taher
Jasni Ngahtemin
Ryan Kim
Vicknesan Subramaniam

Site / Floor Area

594 m² / 810 m²

Modern 594 m² / 810 m² Featured in Habitus InDesign Architectural Magazines Tropical Aamer Architects 2015 Bungalow Works Completion Year
Aamer Architects 594 m² / 810 m² Featured in Habitus InDesign Architectural Magazines Tropical Modern 2015 Bungalow Works Completion Year
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Designed to fit snugly into a tight bungalow plot in the East of Singapore, the project stands out for its austere simplicity and unpretentious timelessness. Due to flood level planning controls, the first storey has been raised a full floor above the ‘basement’ entrance making the basement perfect for communal and leisure activities like entertainment, gym, and spa.

Plenty of natural light and ventilation penetrate the whole house through courtyards and skylights. The main materials are off-form concrete, tropical hardwood, and bamboo. The combination of raw concrete and bamboo that forms long dramatic architectural lines also serves the functions of security, privacy, and sunshade while the hardwood walls and ceilings in the basement make for good acoustics. The immediate physical context of the site is that of suburban Singapore which is rather dense with barely 4m apart between houses. Hence, issues of privacy and security must be resolved while attempting to design a house that still has ample connections to the outdoors, a good flow of natural ventilation and even some good distant views.

The ‘Branksome-house’ did just that.

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