HYLA Architects stacks two double-volume spaces in this Bukit Timah bungalow

HYLA Architects stacks two double-volume spaces in this Bukit Timah bungalow

“Is there a cave in the house?” Stand in front of this bungalow by HYLA Architects in Bukit Timah and this is a thought that might surface. Burmese teak-clad walls, the slender edges of a concrete shell and greenery are the main elements that pop on the front façade. These seem to wrap around what feels like a tall, empty space that gapes open like the jaws of a yawning hippo.  In fact, it is the double-volume communal area on the second floor, measuring 4.8m in height, that encompasses, from front to back, the swimming pool, living room, dining area and dry kitchen. “I wanted something grand, powerful and strong,” says Han Loke Kwang, the founder and principal architect of HYLA, who intended for it to counterbalance the crowded estate that the 533.4sqm plot sits within.  This bag of surprises does not just end there. Beyond it, to the rear, is another double-volume space, this time a landscaped internal courtyard. Half a floor up, it is perfectly framed by a cutout in the dry kitchen wall, lined with Pietra di…

S+Arch Design employs a curlicued façade for this Sembawang Hills terrace house

S+Arch Design employs a curlicued façade for this Sembawang Hills terrace house

Pass this terrace house in Sembawang Hills too quickly and you might just miss its most interesting design element: a curlicued façade that gives it a graceful, monolithic form and an architecture that evokes calmness and tranquillity. Sitting on a plot of approximately 2,000sqft, it is designed by S+Arch Design, which demolished the original property…

A terrace house by Freight Architects in Serangoon Gardens is inspired by shophouses and the Japanese concept of “oku”

A terrace house by Freight Architects in Serangoon Gardens is inspired by shophouses and the Japanese concept of “oku”

It certainly looks like someone parachuted a shophouse into a row of terrace houses in Serangoon Gardens. Even without hearing from the designer, Freight Architects, the architectural language of the residence clearly proclaims its inspiration. While the usual elaborate ornamentation found on them may be missing, the proportions, use of columns, simple pediment and spatial…