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Maximum Garden House / Formwerkz Architects

  • 01:00 - 18 May, 2010
Maximum Garden House / Formwerkz Architects
Maximum Garden House / Formwerkz Architects, © Jeremy San
© Jeremy San

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  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architects

    Formwerkz Architects
  • Design Team

    Alan Tay, TF Wong, Benny Feng
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. One questions the sense of ‘landed-ness’ in a typically maxed-out envelope of a semi-detached typology. What is usually left over after the building footprint is no more than a slender planting strip on the ground. Hence, one of the prime motivations of this house was to seek out more garden spaces/surfaces in an attempt to redress this imbalance while we fulfill the client’s brief.

© Jeremy San
© Jeremy San

The mother of 2 young boys wanted a house where she could keep an eye on her kids without the need to be in the same space. Loos’s Raumplan, somehow, came to mind.

© Jeremy San
© Jeremy San

The Picturesque Landscape

© Jeremy San
© Jeremy San

The vertical wall planting set within a niche along the front boundary wall and the shrubbery on the car-porch roof, reclaim surfaces otherwise normally neglected as canvasses for beautification.

© Jeremy San
© Jeremy San

The Planter Screen

Enclosing part of the building façade on the upper floor is a layer of planting system we devised to behave more like a curtain wall. Its primary function is to perform as a privacy screen and to keep the rain out. We were particularly thrilled with this detail as it approximates to an organic envelope. The curtain of plants coincides building performance with man’s affinity for nature.

© Jeremy San
© Jeremy San

The Sloping Roof

The sloping roof terrace is derived from the staggered section of the house and retained a continuous flow from the indoor.

We were nostalgic with the idea of getting up on the roof, itself. The sloping roof-scape reminds us of an undulating terrain. We imagined the inclined plane to be more conducive to sit or lie down and have a conversation while looking out in the same direction, sharing the same moment, like one do in a park.

© Jeremy San
© Jeremy San
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Meejang · August 19, 2014

anybody know the location of this house ?

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Sokcheat · November 03, 2011

Can any0ne give me more detail about this house such as introduction, critic, conclusion, concept......??? Thanks....

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Edgard Georges · May 25, 2010

A very interesting concept, Maximum Garden House / Formwerkz Architects: (via @archdaily)

nan fischer · May 24, 2010

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ET · May 22, 2010

children play football in-between the dining and living room?

Abhiroop Basu · May 21, 2010

"Maximum Garden House" in Singapore

Chin Keong · May 21, 2010

can i knw what type of plant they planted on the wall? Is it easy to maintain?

duncan predie · May 21, 2010

Cool house..

Dan · May 21, 2010

Maximum Garden House ---- Green on the inside and the out

Kurt Korfmacher · May 21, 2010

Talk about integrating the building into nature! #architecture

ROMAN · May 19, 2010

Interesting section, inspirational use of green facade,impressive design!

joey · May 19, 2010

love it.nice section. but my only concern is the maintenance of the green facade.


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