Embedded in Nature: Cube House in Singapore

Embedded in Nature: Cube House in Singapore

Somehow we’ve gotten used to houses being built on the most outrages terrains in terms of slopes and heavy level differences. Still, here’s another one that fits the profile: This 4500 square feet house comes from TsAO & McKOWN and is located in Singapore. In this case, it seems that the house shapes the terrain and not the the way around. In fact, the architects willingly modified the almost flat land in order to give the livable cube a more appealing shape. Here is some more information from the architects: “The primary challenge was to design for the needs of a yet-to-be-determined client. Another significant issue was how to root the house to the earth; the nearly flat site in a young growth forest offered no footing. We responded by reshaping the topography, establishing the first level slightly below grade and sculpting the surrounding terrain into a gentle rise. In addition to anchoring the house, this also allowed the visible volume to be reduced, and enabled the creation of indoor/outdoor spaces that are at once secluded, yet very open to their surroundings.”-via Digs Digs

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3 comments

  • Shamus May 1, 2010 at 18:15 PM Login to Reply →

    This house is not in Singapore. According to the original source, this is

    The Sagaponac House is a 4,500 square foot house at an east Long Island community, Wainscott, NY is master-planned by Richard Meier. It consists only of simple lines and shapes but firmly rooting itself to the landscape and creating privacy by shaping the terrain. Even though the site was nearly flat before the construction, architects has managed to establish the first level slightly below grade and sculpt the surrounding terrain into a gentle rise. That allowed the visible volume to be reduced and gave place for creating indoor/outdoor spaces that are very open to their surroundings. After the construction the house become a great place for an intimate retreat for a family and even their friends. The private areas with amazing outdoor swimming pool are located the way nobody could see them from the street. { TsAO & McKOWN }

    Read more: http://www.digsdigs.com/cube-house-that-roots-itself-to-the-landscape-and-has-amazing-swimming-pool/#ixzz0mhe27uRs

  • afoka May 15, 2010 at 10:22 AM Login to Reply →

    LMAO! this article totally FAIL! I read the source and clearly stated in the article “The Sagaponac House is a 4,500 square foot house at an east Long Island community, Wainscott, NY is master-planned by Richard Meier”.

    Even pro need to proof read their article. What a shame.

  • Vinh Doan February 20, 2011 at 16:41 PM Login to Reply →

    Hi,

    This house is in US. http://www.tsao-mckown.com/#/selected/130