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* Residential Architecture: 22 Oei Tiong Ham Park House by AR43 Architects

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 30 June 2012

Residential Architecture: 22 Oei Tiong Ham Park House by AR43 Architects: “..The main wing, a linear block houses predominantly the main circulation and service areas such as foyer, dining, kitchens, and yard at the ground level and more private spaces such as the Master bedroom, daughter’s bedrooms and family seating room on the upper level..The block terminating the main circulation spine is a volumetric living room space with the master bedroom’s study over looking from above. The third annex block houses private spaces such as the family entertainment and study at the ground level and the sons’ bedrooms on the upper level. Entry is from a large column free car porch into a semi-outdoor entrance porch before turning into a central foyer that forms the main circulation spine leading to all the main living spaces..On the first storey, the house is to be read in a linear fashion with the main corridor acting as a central guiding axis. The rest of the spaces is plugged and arranged along it, revealing a relatively intimate space, the living room at the end of it. The living room is also located strategically towards the end of this linearity to capitalise on the good views along the northeast of the rear boundary..The sequence of spaces unfolds along this corridor: entertainment room, staircase to second storey, living and dining room whilst the service area and guest room are placed behind these public spaces. This clear segregation of spaces along the corridor ensures straightforward circulation beyond communal spaces. The volume is punctured between blocks on both levels, allowing natural light and cross ventilation within the inner spaces..Internal spaces between blocks are interconnected with stone/timber slat bridges and glass enclosure. Courtyard is created in between blocks and it provides an intimate entertainment area for family and friends to socialise and also to relax by the side of a long infinity lap pool. It is also linked with a wooden deck to the rear lawn and allows continuity of outdoor spaces..Each part of the house, especially the rooms and communal spaces open out to the greenery and surrounding vistas. The inclusion of a large pivoting screen at the living room further blurs the boundaries between internal spaces and the landscape, thereby engaging the surrounding green whilst protecting the owners’ privacy. Furthermore, the lap pool continues and evolves to become a water feature, which injects and weaves itself into the building volume..”  Interesting geometry and interior volumes, developed materials sensibility, extensive glazing, balconies, terraces, abundant natural light, indoor/outdoor sensibility, privacy..

See our post on another home by AR43 Architects: Residential Architecture: 21 Jervois Hill by AR43 Architects.

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image: © Albert Lim KS; article: “22 Oei Tiong Ham Park / AR43 Architects” 04 May 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/231713&gt;

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