nicholas burns associates: sentosa house, singapore
nicholas burns associates: sentosa house, singapore nicholas burns associates: sentosa house, singapore
dec 05, 2012

nicholas burns associates: sentosa house, singapore

‘sentosa house’ by nicholas burns associates, singaporeimage © patrick bingham hallall images courtesy of nicholas burns associates




located in the tropical climate of singapore, the ‘sentosa house’ by australian and singaporean firm nicholas burns associates utilizes its surrounding environment and spatial logic to create an efficient and timeless home. the rectangular site informed a simple footprint with a concrete primary structure and a soft storey on the ground level that contains the garage, driveway and reflecting pond. a concrete core offers internal structural support, providing a central point for mechanical systems, plumbing, vertical circulation, elevator and efficiently services all the peripheral spaces organized around it. the first floor contains two bedrooms with double glazed panels opening views to the lush vegetation outside, and a small gallery facing the street. above, the master bedroom is oriented towards the back for privacy, with a lounge and study communicating to a full-width balcony on the front facade. finally, a rooftop terrace gives the users a 360-degree view of the site.



nicholas burns house singaporerear facade over reflecting poolimage © patrick bingham hall




using only exposed raw materials, such as stone and steel, to minimize the need for unnecessary surface finishes, the exposed concrete shear walls contain a secondary skin of vertical recycled teak planks like louvers that wrap the exterior walls. the screen helps provide a significant aesthetic while shading the internal structure from direct solar gain. regularly spaced members set up a rhythm that at times may create closed off private areas that suddenly open to frame views to the immediate or distant environment. the thermal mass of the poured-in-place skeleton helps regulate and stabilize interior temperatures, with recycled grey water reducing the need for resources from the grid.


nicholas burns house singaporefront facade with several balconiesimage © patrick bingham hall



nicholas burns house singaporeconcrete primary structure wrapped in recycled vertical wood louversimage © patrick bingham hall



nicholas burns house singaporeimage © patrick bingham hall



nicholas burns house singaporewalkway with exposed steel and stonesimage © patrick bingham hall



nicholas burns house singaporeexterior courtyard under the first floorimage © patrick bingham hall



nicholas burns house singaporedense vegetation reaches the property line and becomes part of the houseimage © patrick bingham hall



nicholas burns house singaporeimage © patrick bingham hall



nicholas burns house singaporelounge around the concrete coreimage © patrick bingham hall



nicholas burns house singaporebar and lateral hallwayimage © patrick bingham hall



image © patrick bingham hall



living room next to open stairwellimage © patrick bingham hall



shaded interior from the exterior screenimage © patrick bingham hall



image © patrick bingham hall



lateral corridorsimage © patrick bingham hall



clean connectionsimage © patrick bingham hall



stairwellimage © patrick bingham hall



image © patrick bingham hall



image © patrick bingham hall



bedroom with views towards the jungleimage © patrick bingham hall



balconyimage © patrick bingham hall



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floor plan / level 1



floor plan / level 2



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  • Stunning.

    Ron Smith says:
  • Good plan. I wonder how the exterior teak sidings would fare with the harsh tropical weather? It may look crappy after a short time being exposed to extreme climate conditions. Otherwise they are good looking vertical elements, when new.

    nelsondreyes architect says:
  • stunning is right. The teak will be stable and weather a driftwood grey. No distortion either as the planks are recycled. Another good Aussie architect. Good to see money well spent.

    Richard says:

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