A trip to Singapore and here we are, in one of its most exclusive districts, Bukit Timah, admiring the JKC 1 House, designed by a very interesting firm of architecture, ONG&ONG. A high class residence, adorned with natural elements, that compose a balanced Feng Shui environment, ideal for those who want to feel reconciled with their inner selves and prefer a peaceful lifestyle. The JKC 1 is a mix of contemporary refinement and Asian healing elements. The nature spreads and blossoms all around the house, becoming an important part of it.
The ground floor accommodates the living room and the dining room, offering an amazing view upon the front lawn. The daring thing and the element of surprise is the lack of windows, so basically the breezy air and the sunlight penetrate the living area, without boundaries. Besides the recharging doze of green, the house unveils a stunning swimming pool, right in front of the opened space. The transition from the interior environment to the exterior landscape is made through a wooden floor terrace, spreading like an extension of the house. The stairs, that connect the floor ground with the upper level reveal an interesting concept : “café latte”. The lower part of it is wrapped in white marble and the upper side in appealing brown wood. Wandering through the house, another staircase attracts the attention. Playful and meandering, it carries you from a feng shui spot, with small pebbles, rocks and slender trees up to the roof top. It’s kind of odd, but delightful. The roof top is a plain terrace, ideal for social gatherings, with friends and family.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.