MOD­ERN TROP­I­CAL

The fam­ily wanted lots of green­ery, a Koi pond, and a swim­ming pool.

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This glass jewel of a house is built with Mod­ernist ideals twinned with the rich trop­i­cal ma­te­ri­al­ity of this re­gion.

This glass jewel of a house is built with Mod­ernist ideals twinned with the rich trop­i­cal ma­te­ri­al­ity of this re­gion. WHO A fam­ily with three chil­dren HOME A two- storey, fourbed­room bun­ga­low SIZE 4,186sqf ( built- in), 6,026sqf ( land)

With land priced at a pre­mium, it’s rare to hear of landed-prop­erty home­own­ers who prize de­sign over the max­imi­sa­tion of their built-in space.

Ar­chi­tect Vin­cent Lim of Vis­ual Text Ar­chi­tects (VTxT) was for­tu­nate enough to meet such home­own­ers; and other than want­ing lots of green­ery, a koi pond, and a swim­ming pool for their new home, the fam­ily put their com­plete trust in him to de­liver a house that would suit their life­style. Af­ter all, he had also de­signed their pre­vi­ous abode, a semi-de­tached house.

The re­sult is a de­light­fully sim­ple two-storey bun­ga­low with an ex­posed col­umn-and­beam de­sign and mono-pitched roof em­blem­atic of Mod­ernist ar­chi­tec­ture; in par­tic­u­lar, the work of ar­chi­tect Mies van der Rohe, which has al­ways in­spired Vin­cent. “My con­cept was very sim­ple. I wanted to cre­ate a mod­ern shell around the orig­i­nal struc­ture,” he says.

The dou­ble-vol­ume glassedin struc­ture is the “shell”, which en­closes the ex­ten­sion of the home from its for­mer foot­print (marked by the long an­tique-brick wall on the ground level).

pho­tog­ra­phy ED­WARD HEN­DRICKS

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