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ipli Architects Arranges Square Openings on a House to Control Natural Light and Ventilation

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Location
Singapore
Completion Date
2017
Site Area
282.1 sqm
Gross Floor Area
359.25 sqm
Architecture Firm
Principal Architect
Yip Yuen Hong
Design Team
Low Ming Fang, Szeto Yan Mae
Civil & Structural Engineer
WTS Consulting Engineers
M&E Engineer
AE&T Consultants Pte
Quantity Surveyor
CST Consultants
General Contractor
Renobest Builder
Interior Fit-out Contractor
Shanghai Hup Seng Woodcraft & Construction Factory
Landscape
Kosin Contractor
Photographer
Fabian Ong
Products
TOTO, SK Kaken, RICE fields, LuxLight
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Among its typical neighbouring houses, 73M Jalan Senang that stands on a corner land plot appears unique with its monolithic look. Designed by ipli Architects, the house is a resemblance of the simple, ubiquitous gabled-roof house icon. Instead of defining the each part of the house differently, the building displays a unified look from the bottom to the top as if the shape is carved from a massive rectangular block. From its voluminous exterior, multiple randomly placed square openings create a slight giveaway of a light and porous interior.

ipli Architects Arranges Square Openings on a House to Control Natural Light and Ventilation

©ipli Architects / Fabian Ong

Inside this house, the 360-square-metre space is designed to cater a family of three generations. The house layout is quite straightforward: ground floor and attic for common spaces including living, dining, kitchen, and laundry, while the private area including bedrooms and home office are spread across the first and second floor.

ipli Architects Arranges Square Openings on a House to Control Natural Light and Ventilation

©ipli Architects / Fabian Ong

With the house layout in mind, the quantity and the size of the square-shaped openings represent the needed privacy on each floor. Although seemingly random, bigger windows only appear on the ground floor and the attic. On these floors, the openings function to diminish the indoor and outdoor boundary which results in a more extensive space for gathering and leisure. On the first and second floor, smaller windows are positioned on certain heights and spots to provide enough privacy while still allowing the homeowners to enjoy the lush surrounding.

ipli Architects Arranges Square Openings on a House to Control Natural Light and Ventilation

©ipli Architects / Fabian Ong

While most of the square openings on this house are fitted with glazing, some of the openings on the attic floors are left open to create a semi outdoor space that is still well-sheltered from the rain. As this space is directly connected to the building’s core that has stairways and corridors, those rectangular voids also help to bring natural light and ventilation into these areas.

ipli Architects Arranges Square Openings on a House to Control Natural Light and Ventilation

©ipli Architects / Fabian Ong

Along with the openings, the bulky impression of this house is furthermore balanced by the light interior. The mostly white-painted walls help to generate a brighter space, thus creating a more spacious impression of the otherwise heavily partitioned interior. Additionally, square openings surrounding the stairways are present to create a more seamless overall space within the house.

ipli Architects Arranges Square Openings on a House to Control Natural Light and Ventilation

©ipli Architects / Fabian Ong

As the main element of this house, the square openings not only fulfil technical functions of the house, but also bring a playful accent throughout the interior space. With a seemingly simple component, ipli Architects is able to design a thorough dwelling that functions well and looks minimally good.

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