Astrid Hill House / Tsao & McKown Architects

Astrid Hill House / Tsao & McKown Architects

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  • 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
  • Country:Singapore
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Text description provided by the architects. This private residence is conceived as a model of sustainable design and a re-interpretation of a traditional Chinese courtyard house.

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Underground Level Plan
Underground Level Plan
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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.

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Upper Level Plan
Upper Level Plan
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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.

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Cite: "Astrid Hill House / Tsao & McKown Architects" 10 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/782928/astrid-hill-house-tsao-and-mckown-architects> ISSN 0719-8884

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