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A Tale of Two Courts House / HYLA Architects

A Tale of Two Courts House / HYLA Architects

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  • Architect In Charge: Han Loke Kwang
  • Design Team: ‘Ann’ Tipnipa Pantipjatuporn, Thomas Ong
  • Engineering: GCE Consulting Engineers
  • Landscape: Nyee Phoe Flower Garden
  • Main Contractor: Emma Groups Construction
  • Interior : Graceful Decor
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Text description provided by the architects. This long site has a public footpath running along its side boundary as well as a high rise high density public housing development at the rear which was under construction. Thus privacy was a major concern for its occupants. The house is designed around 2 courtyards.

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Ground and first floor plans
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Elevations
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The first is open to the sky and enclosed on 3 sides. The main living, dining and dry kitchen looks into this courtyard with a willow tree. The second courtyard is a more private and fully enclosed. Around this courtyard are arranged the private study and other ancillary spaces for the family.

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The courtyard is covered over with a glass roof with timber pergola, but it is well ventilated as there are side openings between this roof and the timber. In addition, a high volume low speed fan is mounted in the middle of the courtyard which ensures a calm and steady breeze whenever needed. The whole house is clad in a sand colored face brick which pairs very nicely with the timber form concrete used in the beams and ceiling soffit.

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Cite: "A Tale of Two Courts House / HYLA Architects" 06 Feb 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/933218/a-tale-of-two-courts-house-hyla-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884

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