Architecture

Sustainable Stereoscopic Weekend House With Contrasting Details

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Designing a dreamy residence that encompasses daily activities and dreams in a studied floor plan can be quite challenging. Singapore-based architectural practice Pencil Office had even more things to consider when building the Stereoscopic House – like sustainability, solutions for constructing a resort-style residence or the interesting twist they eventually chose for this house. The detached weekend house is located on Singapore’s beautiful resort island of Sentosa, creating the perfect setting for an artistic interpretation of a modern retreat. Three sisters commissioned the architects to design a house that would merge eco-friendly features (low-E glazing, solar hot-water heating, cross ventilation, rain harvesting systems) with a modern design ensuring a fascinating set of views across the ocean.

Displaying a translucent base on the front facade, the house was adorned with a herringbone patterned wood cladding and white shutters that act as privacy screens for the passers-by. Inside, spread over the three floor of the house, the 608 square meters of living and sleeping spaces were designed to offer dramatic views and be linked by an interesting space arrangement – a distorted tube on the upper floors that focuses all the attention on the views, cantilevering over the pool in the back garden. Details and materials make this weekend retreat an example of great architecture and design.

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