Thomson Heights 36
Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) Architectural Design Award 2013.
“The Longhouse 36”
SIA’s Jury citation:
“The Longhouse is a project executed with great clarity, intent and skill. The key brief was ‘how to detach a semi-detached house’. The architect is creative in separating the main spaces of the house from the common party wall through introducing an air and light well, resulting in the formation of a seemingly independent freestanding villa. From the standalone form, the main dwelling spaces are organized within this long house. Drawing inspiration from the typology of a traditional long house, along with its passive strategies of an overhanging gable roof and natural ventilation, the house takes on a meaningful form that gives it a distinctive character.
The concept of garden living and living among nature is also fully expounded to enhance the quality of the indoor environment, as well as providing privacy. The reinterpretation of the longhouse seems to be an appropriate response for the site, as well as a relevant design for the tropical context.”
The architect wanted to come up with a house design that enhances the quality of living, at the same time introducing privacy to the space. The design of the house was beautifully executed, providing the owner a comfortable living environment within the hustle and bustle of the city.