Archive for November, 2010

Emerald Hill House

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

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We’ve recently completed design consultancy services—with Ong Ker Shing Architecture as architects—for a house in the Emerald Hill neighbourhood of Singapore. It’s a residence for a family that we have gotten to know well over the course of the last two years. The client has been very supportive of a fairly unconventional scheme, in particular a counterintuitive approach to the house’s rear “block.” The latter is extremely dense with private program, and light and view were heavily constrained by the presence of party walls on both sides (as well as the brutally noisy and unhappy-looking CTE Expressway immediately behind). The rear facade becomes unusual through a technique developed to mitigate this problem. Windows serving rooms of a more private nature are rotated perpendicular to the elevation, and the geometry of the surface “kinks” to accommodate these. The interior distribution is likewise rather complex, a hive of rooms, light wells and vertical circulation. There are MORE IMAGES after the jump.

“Easy Exotic,” Morocco

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

front view

This is an installation that we’ve been working on for the Transculturelles, which is an annual selection of art and architectural installations in a former abattoir in Marrakech. We had been invited to participate in the inaugural event last year–with Atelier Bow Wow and some other of our favorite design teams–but the schedule was a little too tight. Our project attempts to reimagine a very un-cool decorative element, namely the beaded curtain. This is used to create a hanging Moorish arch, which will deform and distort with the breeze. CLICK THROUGH FOR MORE IMAGES or DOWNLOAD the PDF.