Diamond House / Formwerkz Architects

  • 30 Aug 2013
  • Houses Selected Works
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Architects: Formwerkz Architects
Design Team: Alan Tay , Foo Yuet Yee, Cai Xun
Structure: Portwood & Associates
Builder: Sinwah-Apac Construction Pte Ltd
Area: 5,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Albert Lim

© Albert Lim

From the architect. The house along Cove Drive in Sentosa sits on a slightly tapered site that faced a man-made lake. Built for a small family that greatly cherish their privacy, the house turns it back on the street and the sides where the neighbours are in close proximity. Like a monolith resting over the gardens, the single, faceted volume house the main spaces with their primary view to the waterway.The main entrance brings one into the centre of the house with the living and dining space on the sides. The upper floors are split in the middle into two volumes that house the daughter and the parent’s bedrooms.

© Albert Lim

The basement accommodate the guest room, entertainment, services and garage, lit and ventilated largely by the sunken courtyards.

© Albert Lim

The massing on grade is kept deliberately small to create more garden spaces within the tight site. The geometry is derived from negotiating with the planning parameters imposed on the neighborhood and the desire to simplify the building form. The front and side facades are pared down with openings strategically position to allow optimal daylighting with minimum compromise in privacy. The sloping walls at the corners allow for a smaller footprint while expanding the spatial volume at upper levels.

© Albert Lim

Like its simple form, few architectural materials were used. The facades are entirely wrapped in iron wood. The interior adopts a lighter palette of oak and travertine. At nightfall, fragments of the internal spaces are seen on the facade. The muted, impenetrable volume gradually gives way to the volumes of internal light, revealing the intricacy within.

First Floor Plan
Cite: "Diamond House / Formwerkz Architects" 30 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=421870>
  • http://my-forex.yolasite.com Croco Dile

    Simple forms that produce an interesting volume. I like it.

  • ehsan

    can you take some pics from other side of model or 3d?