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Astrid Hill House / Tsao & McKown Architects

  • 20:00 - 10 March, 2016
Astrid Hill House / Tsao & McKown Architects
Astrid Hill House  / Tsao & McKown Architects, © Richard Bryant
© Richard Bryant

© Richard Bryant © Richard Bryant © Richard Bryant © Richard Bryant +19

  • Contractor

    Daiya Engineering and Construction PTE LTD
  • Local Architect

    Metaphor Design + Architecture
  • Landscape Architect

    BHN Architecture PTE LTD
  • Structural Engineer

    Web Structures
  • Consulting Engineer M/E/P

    WSP Ng PTE
  • Green Mark Consultant

    Web Earth
  • Green Consultant

    Dr Nirmal Kishnani, Atelier MNN
  • Lighting Consultant

    WALD Studio, LLC
  • More SpecsLess Specs
© Richard Bryant
© Richard Bryant

From the architect. This private residence is conceived as a model of sustainable design and a re-interpretation of a traditional Chinese courtyard house.

© Richard Bryant
© Richard Bryant
Underground Level Plan
Underground Level Plan
© Richard Bryant
© Richard Bryant

The design divides different programmatic requirements (residential spaces for the owners and their extended family, office spaces, and entertaining areas) into separate branches connected by an open-air two-story atrium. These branches can be shut down independently in order to conserve energy use when unoccupied. The open-ended courtyards and multiple interior/exterior rooms are complemented in this tropical setting by lush landscaping that integrates the house with the surrounding land.

© Richard Bryant
© Richard Bryant
Upper Level Plan
Upper Level Plan
© Richard Bryant
© Richard Bryant

The building’s massing and fenestration are organized to minimize solar heat gain. The design also makes use of green roofs and living walls that provide significant evaporative cooling plus a rainwater harvesting system that supplies the water features. Light wells weave from the roof to the basement to bring natural light to the interiors and reduce the need for artificial lighting during the day. A small garden supplies enough vegetables and herbs to feed the residents.

© Richard Bryant
© Richard Bryant
Cite: "Astrid Hill House / Tsao & McKown Architects" 10 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/782928/astrid-hill-house-tsao-and-mckown-architects/>