The curved façade of Movement House by Genome Architects hints that it is no ordinary residence

The curved façade of Movement House by Genome Architects hints that it is no ordinary residence

There is so much to share about Movement House by Genome Architects that it is hard to decide where to begin. For instance, there are the unusual rounded edges of the exterior of the upper floors, a ground floor design that takes inspiration from an open garden deck and the tango of light and space on level two.  Far from arbitrary, these features were introduced by Wu Yen Yen – who leads the practice – after much thought and consideration. “We go through phases where we test different ideas in projects. We were commissioned to design this terrace house when we were investigating curved glass,” she shares.  In doing so, she questioned why residences tend to have monotonous, flat facades. “How do we introduce dynamic movement into them?” she wondered. Her eventual response: go the route of curved volumes with edges that eschew right angles.  On to one section she overlaid a screen made of close-set vertical strips of aluminium coloured to resemble timber. This immediately gives the façade a warmth and texture, making it stand out from the row…