House with a ‘flying wall’ gives a family much needed privacy
House with a ‘flying wall’ gives a family much needed privacy. Architecture firm Park + Associates conceives a clever solution to block out unwanted views for the family of this detached house.
As newlyweds, Ng Bee Bee Bee and Chong Tze Siong resided in a condominium apartment. They afterwards moved to a semi-detached house. After having three children—two sons and a daughter—they decided to build their own house. Ng claimed that for many years she “tried to convince my husband that with the money we had amassed over the years, we should build a home instead of splitting them into multiple investment units where we are unable to enjoy the fruits of our efforts.”
“After seeing a number of Park’s projects and speaking with him, we made the decision to hire him because we were confident in the caliber of his work. We also came to the conclusion that the architect and builder needed to get along well and have collaborated on a number of projects, said Ng.
The area where the land was chosen was serene and friendly. It was spacious, lacking direct sunlight, but bright and airy, according to Ng. Still, there were issues. The residence sat on a corner, near to other residential lots, and fronted a school with eight obnoxious exhausts. When Ng contacted the school, they concurred that the HVAC system needed to be updated. Much to Ng’s relief, they put the exhausts back in place and turned them inside. But at first, we weren’t certain the school would agree. We raised this issue with the architecture team. We don’t want to see the unsightly exhausts as we enter the compound,” added Ng.
This is how the concept of the “flying wall” developed. It is a wall that projects from the second floor of the square-shaped house and is angled in plan against the entryway. By strategically combining transparency and opaqueness, the wall shields the interiors from views of the school’s ugly amenities and the road in front.
“In response, the design explored an intervention that would significantly alter how the client perceived the oddly shaped plot and its negative spaces while balancing the need to maximize site covering and the requirement to maintain privacy from the school. According to Christina Thean, director at Park + Associates, this resulted in the introduction of a solitary, uncomplicated gesture that [skews] the internal spaces in an effort to change the interaction between the house, its spaces, and its surroundings both physically and visually.
A conversation between the inside and the outside is created by the juxtaposition of the flying wall and the skewed box. Sky is framed by the upward perspective, while balconies on the second and first floors, as well as a pool and garden, are framed by the downward view from the higher levels. The family may workout or relax outside on the balcony in peace and quiet thanks to the wall.
Feng shui spatial planning ideas and a nine-square grid served as the design’s foundation. Each of the nine subsectors that make up this grid has unique requirements for the types of rooms and architectural features. According to these “sectors,” living spaces were organized, creating a tranquil setting where internal spaces, water, and nature effortlessly merge.
There are several locations where you may unwind and enjoy the view. The landscaping is praised during the arrival sequence. The design team envisioned a protected path leading from the parking porch to the entry, which would be surrounded by flora. In addition to lowering site levels, the pleasing trajectory does so more tastefully than would be required by construction laws, which call for raising the first floor in the event of flooding.
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