This is a new design for a ground-up freestanding house on an empty site in Singapore. It is large, and figured as several overlapping houses that sit side by side. This has partly to do with an existing local typology, which has emerged as a response to very long and narrow sites. Instead of being figured as one long building, the house is expressed as smaller pavilions put side by side that, nonetheless, struggle to retain the sense of being a single entity. It’s a freaky ambiguity, and one that we have been interested in for some time. The Radiator House occupies one of these sites, so we were very ready to engage the problem ourselves. The name of the house refers to an unusual screening system, in which a metal mesh at the facade is warmed by the sun, and thus provides a solar coil for hot water. We were the design consultants; Ong Ker Shing Architecture were the architects. We have prepared a PDF with a full description of the project and images here: DOWNLOAD.
Archive for July, 2010
Yet another intervention at Singapore Poly–this time a series of metal and aluminium screens. This was designed with a quite subtle transformation that lends the screen the impression of a clouding in the middle; this allows it to obscure the concrete stair behind. This is done by manipulating the angle of the return at the upper side of the small mullions. These get “thicker,” by means of a fold that extends upward. It is a version of the technique that we developed for Mandarin Gallery, which will be used (most likely) at the Nassim Hill project. This was done in collaboration with The Architects Circle, term architects for SP.
These benches have been installed on site in our landscape at 8 Nassim Hill. It is interesting to see them at full scale, as each is made from solid wood. These were cut into segments from huge pieces of ballast used in shipping. The raw dimensions were nearly 800 by 800 centimeters. Basically, each is a part tree, abstracted into a rhomboid form and cut with fine, sharp grooves. The metal inserts are steel, with a slightly bronzed finish coating. As the name implies, these are lit from within at night. MORE IMAGES.