Typically, the ground floor of a landed house in Singapore is heavily landscaped. As you climb higher, however, it feels like you’re living in an apartment. “You’re divorced from the land,” says Han Loke Kwang, founder and Principal Architect of HYLA Architects.
The latest residence he has designed is the antithesis of this idea. It is a two-storey bungalow with a basement that accommodates a family of four, with generous rooftop gardens surrounding the entire front perimeter of the second floor. In fact, the flora and fauna are so verdant that it is difficult to discern the house’s architecture from the road.
“I have brought the ‘land’ up to the upper level as well,” says Han. “It’s a play on the term ‘landed housing’.”