pencil office: stereoscopic house
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feb 24, 2012
pencil office: stereoscopic house

‘stereoscopic house’ by pencil office in singapore
all images courtesy pencil office




singapore-based pencil office has shared with us images of ‘stereoscopic house’, a multi-storey private dwelling on the flat reclaimed landscape of sentosa island, singapore. taking advantage of the plot’s ideal vantage point, the design extends and distorts a tube-like volume to frame views of the ocean and adjacent golf course while remaining conscious of sustainable living.


exterior view from east




flanked on both sides by neighbouring structures, the house opens up towards the front and the back with continuous spans of floor-to-ceiling glass. a series of perforated shutters on the street facade enable the inhabitants to control both privacy and level of sunlight entering the interior. wrapped in a dynamic wooden skin finished in a herringbone pattern, the roof and upper volume is rendered as a monolithic form that hovers above a translucent base. 


street view



second-storey veranda




taking note of the tropical climate, the design integrates a number of outdoor zones into the organization of the layout: a large third storey terrace generated by an excision in the pitched roof secure views of the neighbouring islands, while a poolside veranda under the cantilevered volume benefits from shading. the language of the perforated screens is continued throughout the house to facilitate natural cross ventilation and daylighting. a series of angular skylights and organically-shaped openings in the ceiling create an ever-changing play of light and shadow. in order to reduce energy demands, the house is equipped with rain harvesting systems, solar hot-water heating, and low-e glazing to prevent overheating for the interior.


extruded skylights


views of upper volume


perforated shutters on street façade


view of ocean from roof terrace


filtered light through screen


extended veranda from living space


(left) circulation space

(right) washroom by courtyard


openings in ceiling


light through screened skylight


approach and entrance


night view


physical models











(1) public/private volumes

(2) view calibration

(3) accommodation of setbacks

(4) accommodation of 50% roof pitch requirement

(5) calibration of roof terrace/courtyard to view


solar studies


floor plan / level -1

(1) gym


floor plan / level 0

(2) living room

(3) dining room

(4) dry kitchen

(5) wet kitchen

(6) courtyard


floor plan / level +1

(7) master bedroom

(8) bedroom 2

(9) bedroom 3

(10) garden terrace


floor plan / attic level

(11) attic garden terrace
(12) guest bedroom

longitudinal section



project info:


size: 607.9 m2
type of construction:
concrete, steel
architect of record: HK HIA & associates
principal designer: erik g. l’heureux
consulting team:
HK hia & associates, TEP consultants,
DMS consulting engineers, PQS consultants

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