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Cluny House / Neri & Hu Design and Reserch Office

  • 01:00 - 25 April, 2012
Cluny House / Neri & Hu Design and Reserch Office
Cluny House / Neri & Hu Design and Reserch Office, © Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

© Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute +16

  • Location

    114 Windsor Park Rd, Singapore 574178
  • Architects

    Neri & Hu Design and Reserch Office
  • Area

    2888.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. For a private residence in Singapore, Shanghai-based architecture firm Neri & Hu Design and Research Office pays homage to the client’s Chinese roots by taking cues from the Siheyuan courtyard house, a vernacular typology found in the northern regions of China. In essence, the courtyard house can be thought of as a spatialization of Chinese notions of domesticity.

© Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

It expresses the relationship between periphery and core, celebrating the inner zone as a space for the family to gather. It speaks to the complex relationships between the “self” and the “communal,” layering public and private in a spatial procession. It is an embodiment of hierarchical order inherent in multi-generational living, unique to the traditional Chinese family structure. While respecting these ideologies, Neri & Hu offer a fresh reinterpretation of this traditional typology in order to contextualize the project, situated in a tropical climate and needing to accommodate four families across three generations.

© Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

Rather than simply adopt the rudimentary formation of a courtyard house, Neri & Hu have evolved it from a blockish mass into two elegant “L” shaped volumes which begin to open up the inner courtyard to the lush nature that surrounds. Continuity between exterior and interior, a typical feature of tropical living, is taken literally here. Lifting the private living quarters off the ground, the ground surface across the site is expressed as a monolithic base which flows seamlessly from inside to outside.

© Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

The transparent glazing of the first floor allows the landscape to penetrate into the interior while living spaces begin to spill out into gardens and pools and in essence “occupy” and “claim” the outside. A meandering strolling path encircling the site produces uninhibited views across the property, while water features stitch the building inextricably into the surrounding landscape. In effect, the entire stretch of land is here occupied; the whole site becomes “home.”

The layering and overlapping of materiality in the house is a key strategy in reinforcing the notion of continuity, from the uninterrupted vals quartzite ground plane with glass enclosed public areas to the wood-clad private spaces above. The ebonized teak louvers enveloping the bedrooms on the second level are all operable to allow individual inhabitants of each of the thirteen bedrooms to adjust the degree of their connection to the outside, both climatically and visually.

On the corridor side of the bedrooms, additional perforated wood screens in white oak can fold and be tucked away, allowing full openness across the depth of the building. Double-height spaces begin to reveal the strata of the materially distinct layers, while at the same time encouraging interaction between personal and communal realms. Blurring the boundaries of inside/outside, land/house, private/public, Neri & Hu’s design for this 2,888 square meter house is a series of complex spatial conditions which respond to the intricate nature of inhabitation, tradition, family, and domesticity.

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24 Comments

tian yu · October 24, 2012

could you please send CAD drawings to my email? tianyu19921001@163.com

xiyun · December 07, 2015 02:52 AM

I really want the CAD now,so could you send it to my email if you got the CAD?thanks so so much.
m15616130416@163.com

MIKEY! · January 01, 2013 12:44 AM

Of course...done!

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Diana · April 26, 2012

Indubitable beautiful but a rather cold for the much emphasized idea of domesticity.

Jon · April 26, 2012

Amazing workmanship and design. The size is a bit excessive - but only because I'm jealous!

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