As with many of the larger houses on this list, the Sky Garden House is located on Sentosa Island where space is (slightly) more plentiful. The home boasts multiple roof gardens. Guz Architects explains that they were trying to create the effect of each floor being a single-story home with a garden in front. Do you think they’ve achieved that effect?
Chang Architects had to follow strict historical conservation rules when renovating this pre-war shophouse on Joo Chiat Place. The couple who purchased and redeveloped the property grew up in the area and even remember frequenting the bookshop that once occupied the space. Inside, an open-plan layout and dark wooden panelling make for a warm and inviting environment.
The home at Merryn Road actually occupies two lots. Owner Adrian Tan bought the first over a decade ago and built two identical homes on it. More recently, he acquired the plot next door in order to build a third home for his young adult sons. The house was designed with a gorgeous rooftop pool, and the new home incorporated the son’s design elements.
Wallflower Architecture & Design needed to find a way to construct a family-friendly home in the centre of one of Asia’s busiest cities. They solved that problem by building it with a multi-layered facade, which helps maintain privacy but also helps keep the home cool. The house also boasts several outdoor rooms, including a veranda that looks out over the neighbourhood.
Looking at A D Lab’s Andrew Road House feels like stepping into the future even more than is normally the case in Singapore. The architects faced some difficulties due to the nature of the land in the Caldecott area, as well as the nearby highway. Therefore, many of the home’s main facilities can be found in the sunken court in the middle of the house. The roofs are designed to emulate the undulating nature of the area, and present a different view of the house as you change your perspective.
Architects A D Lab completed a contemporary renovation on the 1970s era home, which was previously located in Marymount’s Jalan Binchang stretch. The contemporary design makes good use of its vertical space, with a pool covering a large portion of the ground floor, and the upper floors housing bedrooms and other facilities. We love the rooms dedicated to games and reading!
Possibly our favourite home in Singapore, we’ve saved the best for last. Tannaga House, located in Tony Holland Village, is another design by Guz Architects. A home that was designed to embrace rather than hide from the tropical climate, it is centred around an open courtyard space that allows one to enjoy the outdoors but still benefit from the cooling breeze coming through the house. Our favourite feature is the multi-story wraparound pool that looks like it’s spilling over into the courtyard, and that can also be viewed from the lower floor.