Good Class Bungalow @ 22 Olive Road
Nestled in the midst of low rising residential houses and lush natural greeneries, the house was designed to softly stand out from its environment and yet the materiality of timber that was incorporated in it provides a respectful gesture towards its presence. The house sits on 16,000 sqft hilly part of Caldecott Hill which is a private housing estate, located along Thomson Road in the central region of Singapore. Set in acres of lush, tropical grounds, this designated Good Class Bungalow housing estate is a world apart from Singapore’s bustling pace yet located just minutes from the heart of the city’s hectic business and commercial centre.
The full glass windows and frames artfully capture the surrounding views and the play of height can be seen from different vantage point from the house. The spaces within the house converge around the water feature providing a feeling of contemplation and continuation. Each of these spaces that are being allocated manages to retain the privacies of its users.
The 10,000sqft house is partially lodged into the existing slopes, placing the car porch, bedroom suites on the upper level and a large courtyard, living-dining-kitchen and a library at the lower level. As the bedrooms suites cantilever dramatically in the mid air stretching towards the cityscape, descending from the main arrival hall is a warm and inviting u-shape living area organised around a courtyard with large reflective pond.
Photographs by Albert Lim KS