- This is a typical Tropical Asian House which sits on a 20-perch land, occupying less than half of the site extent, there by maximizing the garden area. The design concept was to maintain the indoor – out door relationship throughout, while creating a series of less complicated, simple, free flowing spaces, that reflect the humble and down to earth life style of the owners.
This four-bedroom house consists of three floors in order to minimize land use. The external face of the building makes an expression of an introverted house with its small openings and high boundary walls. The large Jack tree at the entrance welcomes the visitor while cut outs in the entrance parapet wall offer glimpses of the main garden of the house before entering. A double height, open-to-sky entrance court leads on to the internal spaces of the house. The main dining area having a long dining table and two benches opens out to an out door dining space overlooking the garden. The living area with its triple height volume is the main space or the main hub of the house, which keeps all other spaces visually linked. Tall glazed timber folding windows connect the living area to the large garden on one side and to a reflecting pool on the other. A rough stone paved verandah acts as the intermediate space between the living and the garden.
Large openings covered with fixed and openable steel grills at the ground floor along with the triple height volume of the living space help to maintain free air circulation throughout the day. Minimum use of furniture in this house also adds to enhancing the spacious quality. As a result, the minimalist spaces in this house make both the user and the visitor physically and psychologically comfortable.