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13 Cove Grove / Aamer Architects

  • 01:00 - 17 January, 2014
13 Cove Grove / Aamer Architects
13 Cove Grove / Aamer Architects, © Albert K S Lim
© Albert K S Lim

© Albert K S Lim © Albert K S Lim © Albert K S Lim © Albert K S Lim + 19

  • Civil & Structural Engineer

    J S Tan & Associates
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineer

    Chee Choon & Associates
  • Quantity Surveyor

    BKG Consultants Pte Ltd
  • Contractor

    Huat Builders Pte Ltd
  • Landscape

    Nyee Phoe Flower Garden
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First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

Text description provided by the architects. The site is narrow and long, with a small frontage to the waterfront. To maximise the view to the waterfront, Aamer designed the house to curve like a boomerang so that all the bedrooms could have views of the waterfront. The geometry also allowed a twenty-five metre lap pool to be incorporated on one side at the ground level. This lap pool continues as a water feature that wraps around the living and dining spaces. 

© Albert K S Lim
© Albert K S Lim

Aamer also designed the main spaces of the first storey to be fluid and continuous so that, upon entry, one could see the waterfront straightaway. The connection to the waterfront is further reinforced by a linear timber deck that extends from the house into the pier. The clients also felt that such a spatial articulation gives the house a sense of spacious and makes it appear to be much bigger than many other rectilinear houses on similar plots at Cove Grove, Sentosa.

© Albert K S Lim
© Albert K S Lim

Within the boomerang-shaped house, Aamer further introduced at least two types of variations. In terms of elevational articulation, Aamer treated the two sides of the boomerang in a contrasting manner. For the curved side that faces the street front, it was expressed in a comparatively opaque and enclosed manner in the first storey, it is a solid stone cladded wall with narrow vertical slits, and in the second storey, it is a solid plastered wall, punctuated by small horizontal slits, that peels off from the main volume of the house. 

© Albert K S Lim
© Albert K S Lim

On the other side, the house opens toward the waterfront in a much more transparent and open manner through glass enclosure, timber deck and balconies. Aamer also varied the spaces of the house sectionally. In the first storey, the living and dining spaces were expressed as one fluid, continuous entity surrounded by water features and landscaping, while in the second storey, the spaces are compartmented into different bedrooms with their attached bathrooms and pockets of in between spaces. 

© Albert K S Lim
© Albert K S Lim

In the third storey, Aamer inserted a pavilion that serves as the home office cum study for the clients, who work from home, and surrounded it with a contemplative roof garden.

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Cite: "13 Cove Grove / Aamer Architects" 17 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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