Nestled right in the heart of the city, within the same vicinity of many luxury residences such as The Marq on Paterson Hill, The Colonnade and Cliveden at Grange, One Tree Hill is a highly desirable estate. The house is envisioned for buyer who enjoys the vibe of city living and care for the finest details of luxury.
The corner site has unusually wide frontage with the access road sloping along the side boundary, creating a 2.5meter in height difference between the internal ground level and the external. Despite being a semi-detached, the house is designed to stand out like a bungalow, complete with a sizeable swimming pool along the front boundary and a semi-basement parking for 3 cars.
Upon arrival, the access into the house is discretely tucked away via the timber cladded foyer, naturally lit and ventilated from a sunken courtyard. Domestic helper’s quarter and yard are camouflaged behind the cladded walls but is within reach when assistance is needed. Behind the courtyard is a large room for family entertainment.
Juxtaposed as two cantilevered wood-grained concrete blocks interconnected by a courtyard. The front block houses the living space and a junior master while the rear block accommodates the dining, kitchen and the children’s bedrooms. Attic as the unifier block, bridging the two blocks and defines the double volume courtyard below.
The visual transparency is apparent within the well-defined space of each function. The openness is further accentuated by its high volume, atrium and full height sliding glass panels. The draught can be easily funnelled through the house when it is naturally ventilated. Motorised pivoted screens at the upper floors function like veils, shielding the bedrooms with privacy while allowing the occupants to enjoy the views. Attic is designed exclusively as a master bedroom suite with private access to the two roof gardens; one offers panoramic view of the neighbourhood and the other with the view of manicured Bonsai trees from the wooden tub.
Taking advantage of its northwest and southeast orientation that is in parallel with the site, spaces are deliberately detached along the party wall to allow more natural lights and ventilation. This is further emphasised with the alignment of green wall, courtyard and water features, blurring the outdoor and the indoor boundaries of spaces.
Photo credits : Marc Tan, Studio Periphery