Luxury Homes: A stunning good class bungalow built around a Tembusu tree
This light-filled residence designed by Wallflower Architecture & Design takes the term 'open concept' to another level.
This good class bungalow, designed by principal architect Robin Tan from Wallflower Architecture & Design, sits atop a vast piece of land in one of the most exclusive areas of Bukit Timah. Conceived as part of a larger project, this house is one of six new houses, built all around the client's preexisting abode, making seven in total. It was carefully constructed to be no taller than the second storey balcony of the main house, in order to preserve its panoramic city views.
In the centre of the house, there is a swimming pool and an internal courtyard. Five bedrooms make up the interior of the house, as well as a family room and a study. Solid volumes of concrete hold the second storey up, making it look almost like an elevated structure.
The ground plane is freed up, and the openness and transparency allows for ample light to pass through at all times.
Hardwood sunscreen fins are a reinterpretation of the tropical louvred windows of old colonial bungalows, letting light into the second storey corridors, whilst retaining the privacy of the interior.
A spiral staircase facilitates circulation within the home. Connecting three levels, the see-through stairway optimises the natural light and allows for cross-ventilation.
A mature Tembusu tree stands tall in the middle of the internal courtyard. Careful consideration had to be taken during construction as the tree is conserved, gazetted by the authorities. A mandated protection zone of 10 metres in diameter had to be worked around, resulting in the courtyard.
The exterior of the house is kept geometrically simple and understated, with white concrete walls and black framed rectangular windows.
The bathroom is simple yet elegant, with marble walls and dark wood accents, punctuated by a free-standing bathtub. Timber shutters maintain privacy while letting sunlight in – an ample amount of which the space enjoys during the day – steering homeowners clear of excessive artificial light usage.