Project Type: Design & Build
Client: Private Client
Situated in the foothills and surrounded by neighbouring houses and a road, we approached the S House design with a focus on privacy. We employed a courtyard house concept, with the open courtyard acting as the central focal point of the two-storey linear-element planning strategy.
The courtyard serves as a central atrium, connecting various rooms and framing the immersive experience for the residents. It is visible through a corridor that runs along the side, leading to the living and function rooms. Full-height glazing panels punctuate the courtyard, providing natural light and drawing from the ambience of the external environment.
The ground floor is designed in a square-framed shape, encircling the courtyard garden, while the L-shaped first floor projects out towards the front entrance. This interactive space harmoniously fits the outdoor, indoor spaces, and courtyard, providing an intimate and secluded space. The upper floor facade is clad in aluminium louvres, adding architectural character to the home while reducing heat gain to the upper floor living area.
The design aims to blend indoor and outdoor spaces, creating an ideal space for family gatherings and other functions. Inspired by traditional architecture found in ancient civilisations, this design is adapted to suit modern lifestyles. The courtyard house remains an essential component of contemporary architecture and will continue to inform future designs.
Photographer: Fabian Ong