Verdant Verandah: Celebrating Nature as An Integral Part of A Semi-Detached House

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This semi-detached house is a residential project completed in 2018 by HYLA Architects. Verdant Verandah is located in Princess of Wales Road, Singapore, with 549 m2 in size of its gross floor area. With the pool and heavy planting around the house, this project celebrates surrounding nature as an integral part of the house building.

Design

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The concrete brise‐soleil of this house is not only a screen for sun protection and privacy but also used to capture nature along the house perimeter. This house has landscaped verandahs that adjacent to the indoor spaces immediately.

On the upper levels, each room looks into its very own private garden. There is a semi-outdoor bathtub that is outside literally, protected visually, and sheltered from the elements.

 

Screen

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The screen’s pattern follows the underlying grid but skips certain intervals, producing a more asymmetric sense of balance and composition with rhythm. Other parts of this screen create planter boxes to allow more layers to grow and reveal over the concrete of the building.

 

Details

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At the second storey of the house next to the staircase, a courtyard allows light and air into the house’s central part. The greens and blues that come from the pool and the planting alongside dominate the main living spaces of the house on the ground floor.

It is a project of an awesome house that celebrates its surrounding nature as an integral part of a comfortable dwelling place.

 

Verdant Verandah Gallery

 

Photographer: Derek Swalwell