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Water-Cooled House / Wallflower Architecture + Design

  • 01:00 - 3 May, 2010
Water-Cooled House / Wallflower Architecture + Design
Water-Cooled House / Wallflower Architecture + Design, © Albert Lim
© Albert Lim

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From the architect. Hidden away from the road, the site is surrounded by a verdant screen of mature trees from adjacent properties. Breezes blowing transversely across the site being another notable aspect of the location. The owner had wanted a contemporary home that prioritized environmental coolness as a consistent attribute and to be able to enjoy the luscious tropical surroundings.

© Albert Lim
© Albert Lim

The concept developed for the home inverted planning and hierarchical norms common in local residential planning. To fully appreciate the mature and variegated natural environment and stretch the potential for visual depth and distance, the main living room and study were located in a pavilion on the second storey. It was designed with minimal enclosing and supporting structure so as to maximize the elevated vistas. To unconsciously guide visitors to the living pavilion above, a minimal spiral staircase touches down within the entrance foyer. Hints of the tree-lined views are seen through the large circular void connecting the entrance foyer to the pavilion above. A dark reflecting pond surrounds the pavilion which assists in refining the experience of serene isolation and privacy and frames. The occasional bird dipping into the pond, rippling the surface further ties the house to the natural surroundings. The purpose of the second storey pond is also designed to thermally insulate the dining, bedrooms and family spaces underneath from solar heat gain. In the same way, the water body above also helps to regulate temperature swings within the house.

© Albert Lim
© Albert Lim

On the first storey, the residential and service functions of the house are delineated by a long continuous light and air well that is paralleled below by a similarly long and continuous koi pond. The pathway running along-side the pond that leads to the bedrooms hides the substantial service areas which are beyond the pathway wall. As with the second storey pond, the air well and first storey koi pond is also designed to facilitate in micro-cooling the first storey rooms and spaces. The pathway is a conduit for prevailing breezes; the koi pond’s thirty metre length and two metre width exposes a sixty square metre surface area within the house to those breezes for evaporative cooling.

© Albert Lim
© Albert Lim

As a gesture to the prominent role that water plays within the residence, an oculus within the pond highlights the main entrance, the circle of sunlight cooled and animated by the constantly changing sinusoidal patterns of refracted rays through the water above.

© Albert Lim
© Albert Lim
Cite: "Water-Cooled House / Wallflower Architecture + Design" 03 May 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/58294/water-cooled-house-wallflower-architecture-design/>
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Neal Holman · April 02, 2012

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Aman Playboy · March 05, 2012

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Stephen Bolling · September 07, 2011

2nd-story pond cools breezes into living room & prevents heat gain from rooms below. http://t.co/IY8Rnqb #sustainable #architecture

Barby Omodei · May 04, 2011

#arquitectura + #nature Water-Cooled House http://bit.ly/lMfFQr

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Matthias Rascher · February 06, 2011

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Nicholas Chase · February 06, 2011

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Matthias Rascher · February 06, 2011

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Flory M.Simbulan · February 03, 2011

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Creative Contraband · October 12, 2010

A house in Singapore utilizes the natural wonders of water: http://ow.ly/2RuIb

JitM · September 27, 2010

I find the location and layout of the kitchen of the kitchen somewhat strange. and the poor maid's been given a room and a toilet the size of phone booths. anyways a floorplan can be easily changed when one wants to borrow a concept. the water features below and above can be kept as they are. it's the concept here that makes the house special. have drawn plans like that myself. but yes this concept's a problem if the plot and therefore the house is small.

e-adeia.gr · August 25, 2010

A tropical surrounding... Inside! http://is.gd/bTjpu @plethoraapp

ste · June 05, 2010

the plan is weird...!for a luxurious villa, the staircase and dining area is located so near and almost next to the main entrance! is this for fengshui purposes or the client's brief and requirement?Even he location of the kitchen is weird for me!

Nathaniel Kev · May 26, 2010

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ecoideasnet · May 26, 2010

Cool! RT @NewsArch: RT @matthiasrascher: Great idea: water-cooled house in Singapore. http://bit.ly/cyGek7 #architecture #design #green #eco

Architecture News · May 26, 2010

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shufflr · May 25, 2010

Seen these in Pondicherry ( India). Grt idea.RT@matthiasrascher Great idea: water-cooled house in Singapore. http://bit.ly/cyGek7

Matthias Rascher · May 25, 2010

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ArchiCAD · May 25, 2010

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REHA GERÇEK · May 22, 2010

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Eliot Velazquez · May 16, 2010

espero un dia poder tener la libertad creativa para construir algo asi http://bit.ly/cJErsh

Brian Baltin · May 13, 2010

wants to live HERE..... Water Cooled-House Singapore http://www.archdaily.com/58294...

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Jaclyn · May 05, 2010

Im wondering its the water feature really works? Do people just pass by or walk through the corridor or the family it self like to have sitting around the water feature?

Nito Kawa · May 05, 2010

Been there. Design really not practical.

Mac · May 04, 2010

And living space on the first floor...

WPstudios · May 04, 2010

RT @nicholaspatten I&#39d Live Here: Water-Cooled House. http://bit.ly/96deL6

Nicholas Patten · May 04, 2010

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ygogolak · May 04, 2010

I guess they don't use living rooms in Singapore. Don't see one on the plan.

parDs · April 16, 2012 11:46 AM

its on the second floor!

Mac · May 04, 2010 11:21 AM

If you actually looked at the plans, you will find in the legend: family and lounge spaces...

watanabe · May 04, 2010 01:50 AM

guess they don't have second floors where you come from (or at least read their plans).

Ingo Ratsdorf · May 03, 2010

Interesting concept and nicely crafted. The rather pushing question - after having seen many "ESD" designs fail - is it working?
Also you wonder wether it comes with a bicycle for the corridor and whether the owner intends to have any children who would love trowing things into the water and having babies drowning in it.
It rather appears as a spa ... See moreresort, you could imagine having spas in the cells off the corridor, the cool crisp and minimalist design also suggests that.
As a summary, a nice design that would rather fit a commercial purpose with strong representative character.

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