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Architecture: 41 Merryn Road, Singapore

July 11, 2011

Wolf Architects’ residential project in Singapore includes flexible living spaces and sustainable design features appropriate for the hot tropical climate.

The Melbourne-based owners approached Wolf Architects to develop a small block of land on District 9, an affluent area in Singapore. Completed in 2009, this was the first Wolf-designed house in the city-state.

The double-storey residential home was designed for longevity and aesthetics. Passive sustainable designs have been incorporated, including large windows that take advantage of the lush green surroundings that also allow natural daylight exposure to all interior spaces. Climatically responsive design enables natural cooling and sufficient shading in the hot tropical context.

Spatial demands were tight for a highly valued piece of land. Apart from 4 bedrooms and a swimming pool, the clients needed flexible spaces for living and entertaining. Familiarisation with local authorities and building regulations required some effort. Part of it was to meet a requirement for all new houses to have a bomb shelter. After the boundary setbacks, the house size had to be maximised and spaces carefully arranged to utilise scarce spaces.

The design concept consists of two parts: the front, and the back, connected via a narrow bridge. Spatial axes are incorporated to enhance the experiential qualities throughout the house and wow factors are put into the interior spaces and details.

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