A House for Multi-Generation Living Peter and Lucy wanted to house three generations under one roof, to enjoy grandparenthood without having to compromise on freedom, differing needs and the privacy of each generation. Peter is a fan of concrete architecture, and wanted a tropical house in reinforced concrete, a deck where he could rest and gaze upon the scenery of the neighbourhood, internal walls finished in white putty , minimum frontal openings for privacy and noise control. In addition, his wish list included : “1 house yet 2 homes Simple yet beautiful Front yet back Tropical yet cool n breezy Natural yet tasteful Raw yet elegant Indoor yet outdoor/in touch with nature Small yet spacious Minimal yet more than enough Less yet more” In this region, the tropical house is commonly characterised by these elements : Deep overhang eaves, sun-shading screens, louvers, extensive usage of timbers, etc. This house thus allowed for a reinterpretation of the tropical house; one that addresses the family’s needs, yet relates appropriately to the site context and the tropical climate.
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