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