If you are into contemporary architecture, you will find this residential project, designed by the K2LD Architects in Singapore, beautiful and creative. Inspired by the traditional Malay architecture, the Winged House is split into adjacent forms, with a pair of trapeziums which mark the boundaries of the garden area . The odd structure offers an incredible view over the garden, integrating it into the living space. The protective roof, watching over the exterior gathering area, frames the terrace, the pool, the luxuriant maze of green turf that surrounds the inhabitable space. Unusual and imposing, the house inspires a relaxed ambient, that invites people to enjoy the outdoors and embrace the triangular-shaped wooden covering.
The extensive roofline is definitely the main attraction. The good thing is that this kind of structure encourages designers to pay more attention to ventilated spaces. Moreover, taking into account the exotic location, Singapore, the structure comes as a response to the tropical context. The trapeziums basically offer protection even on the rainy days, so if you feel like spending some time admiring the nature’s whims, you’d better prepare a cup of tea and let yourself inspired by the weather. In defining the project, the architects used materials of natural inspiration such as wood, stone and marble. The windows replace some of the walls, for a better connection with the green scenery. Ideal for relaxation sessions, the Winged House emphasises our permanent need of creative approaches towards good living.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
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.