Nest House Singapore

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Nest House Singapore

South East Asian Property – design by WOHA

25 Jul 2013

Nest House Singapore

Design: WOHA

Location: Singapore

Contemporary South East Asian Home


This house is part of a family compound, and expresses the owner’s close relationship with her grandfather who has his own house within the compound.

Nest House Singapore
photo : Patrick Bingham-Hall

The design reflects the close bond between the grandfather and granddaughter by orientating the main spaces towards his house and gardens. The living spaces on the ground floor open up to the sprawling gardens, while the elevated private rooms of the owner and her children are sheltered by a gentle curved screen. The shared gardens are akin to a forest with the rooms like bird nests perched amongst the trees.

Nest House Singapore
photo : Patrick Bingham-Hall

The expression of house refers to bark, branches and twigs. These components achieve a delicate complexity.

The rooms are wrapped with a curved textured screen in a timber and aluminium woven lattice in different lengths and diameters. Other than an abstract feature, the screen serves varied functions – It is a porous layer protecting the rooms from weather and glare while allowing filtered daylight and ventilation through; It mediates the privacy of the space behind by adjusting the intensity of its members; It doubles up as a safety barrier at the windows and attic terrace. The play in lines, edges and shadows is extended to the side walls clad in modular timber profiles and panels.

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The blade walls on which the rooms are perched are given a textured bark-like quality with randomly stacked modular blocks in stone and pre-cast concrete. Orientated with its axis along East-West, the staggered profile of the blade walls, coupled with deep canopies and full height windows, catch and bounce day light and cross-breezes in and through the house’s double volumes.

This tropical house within an extended family compound, uniquely expresses its Singaporean environment, culture and context.

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photos : Patrick Bingham-Hall

Nest House – Building Information

Project Title: Nest House, Singapore
Project Location: Confidential
Client: Confidential

Project Dates:
Design Inception: Jan 2008
Start of Construction: 27 Oct 2009
TOP: 1 November 2011
Completion/Handover: 22 Dec 2011
CSC: 11 Apr 2012

Project Cost: S$7,000,000
Project Size Site Area: 1,125 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 945 sqm
Constructed Area: 2,080 sqm
Architects: WOHA – Wong Mun Summ, Richard Hassell, Phua Hong Wei, Tay I-Lin, Kwong Lay Lay, Muhammad Sagitha, Joshua Seow, Benita Tan
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: AE&T Consultants ; LBW Consultants LLP
Civil & Structural Engineer: KPK Quantity Surveyors Pte Ltd
Quantity Surveyors: ICN Design International
Landscape Consultant + Main Contractor: Daiya Engineering & Construction Pte Ltd

Nominated Sub-contractors / Suppliers
Electrical & EIB: Team Power Electrical Engineering ACMV: Pte Ltd Lift: Sky-Mac Aircon Engineering Softscape: Mitsubishi Elevators Pte Ltd Stone & Tiles: Green Forest Landscape Pte Ltd Screen & Cladding: Kstone Pte Ltd ; Pacific Forest Products Pte Ltd ID: Timworx Associates Pte Ltd Ironmongery: Dline Asia Pte Ltd

Direct Sub-contractors / Suppliers:
Lighting: Million Lighting Company Pte Ltd
Koi Pond: Max Koi Farm

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photos : Patrick Bingham-Hall

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