Good Class Bungalow @ 29 Windsor Park
The Courtyard House was the winner for “Iconic Design Award 2014” by German Design Council. The spatial attributes of this house comes from the lightness that exudes from within the house. The use of glass and screened façade enables the fluidity of light to sculpt the spaces in the house.
The owner, a ‘Hakka’ descendent, envisions having a large communal home built for his growing family, multiple guests and frequent gathering among the siblings. Inspired by the Courtyard House, a symbolic design feature for the Hakka ethnic similar to the Hakka Walled Village in China, the house is designed to be inward looking for three generations to live under one roof.
The architecture of the house has successfully congealed different activities that create a deep sense of communal living and kinship. The natural surroundings of the house softens the concrete materiality that was used, demarcating different hierarchy of spaces within the building, simultaneously forming interesting relationship between the ideas of pragmatism and idealism.
Photographs by Albert Lim KS