Travertine Dream House by Wallflower Architecture + Design
The Singapore architecture office Wallflower Architecture + Design was tasked to create a modern home that will revolve around functional design while also featuring as many green areas as possible while using travertine as the primary material which the client was captivated by during his trip in Italy. This resulted in the four story Travertine Dream House which is located in Serangoon, Singapore. How was this created? See below.
From the architects: “The client’s brief for this house was simple. Functionally, to maximize usable area and to incorporate greenery. Aesthetically, to use travertine copiously as an architectural finish. Inspired by the Italian urban-scape during his travels, so too would travertine express this house.”
Two parallel blocks that are connected by a glass wrapped bridge is the way this house is organized. The reason behind this organization design is to allow as much daylight as possible to reach the basement spaces and that is achieved by the space between the two separated blocks.
On the western sides, the thick travertine walls help limit the heat from the steaming afternoon sun while the entry, living spaces and bedrooms are arranged longitudinally which allows them to take advantage of natural cross ventilation as well as daylight.
We said four story home right? But you can only see three because one has been sunk into the ground in order to intensify land use without ending up with an imposing structure. This floor is the home of the entertainment and guest rooms which are naturally lighted though a sunken moss garden courtyard.
On the ground floor, the living and dining areas of the home are open towards the swimming pool and fish pond which is all you need to chill down during the hot and sunny days.
The third floor’s flat roof is both a recreational deck and a roof garden.