Designed to fit snugly into a tight bungalow plot in the East of Singapore, the project stands out for its austere simplicity and unpretentious timelessness.

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Project Name: Seductive Simplicity
Studio Name: Aamer Architects
Project size:
810 m2
Site size: 594 m2
Project Budget: $4000000
Completion date: 2015
Building levels: 4
Location: Singapore
Photography: Sanjay Kewlani

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Due to flood level planning controls, the first storey has been raised a full floor above the ‘basement’ entrance making the basement perfect for communal and leisure activities like entertainment, gym and spa.

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Plenty of natural light and ventilation penetrate the whole house through courtyards and skylights. The main materials are off-form concrete, tropical hardwood, and bamboo. The combination of raw concrete and bamboo that forms long dramatic architectural lines also serves the functions of security, privacy and sunshade while the hardwood walls and ceilings in the basement make for good acoustics.

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The raw materials may gather moss and the external bamboo will fade over time however this will give the house indeed character similar to the Japanese concept of ‘wabi-sabi’ or “the beauty of imperfections”.

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