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 on the site and built this new house to accommodate a total built-up area of 3,590sqft.  The house’s thoughtfully curated material palette – lime wash plaster, micro cement, oak timber, brushed metal, bush hammered granite and honed marble – complements its curvilinear minimalist silhouette, while creating a highly textured backdrop for its pared-back, Mediterranean-inspired interiors.  “The aesthetics are a fluid play of clean, straight lines and sensual curves. The façade’s serif swerves to shield against the heat of the western sun and provides the interiors with enhanced privacy, while double-height windows encourage interior ventilation and draw in natural light,” says S+Arch Design’s founder Stanley Tan.  “We were looking for a pure sculptural form, a monolithic volume where the facade design is seamlessly moulded out. The…

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…