Located on the mesmerizing seashore of Singapore, this exotic modern mansion designed by Guz Architects offers a view to an inspiring landscape of the calm seas of the Singapore Straits.
Who doesn’t like a poster in their room featuring the steep slopes of a mountain or the infinite blue horizon of the sea? How about living in one? Today’s living space is reduced in most cases to small apartments which offer only the necessary and minimal conditions for living. Due to the ever growing population, architects and designers are forced to work with tiny spaces and the liberty of expression is reduced dramatically. Of course we allthink of dream homes with lots of space and high comfort standards but sometimes we have to make do with what we have.
That’s why big living spaces and construction terrain are just some things to daydream about, so we learn to appreciate every slice of freedom in expression. But let’s dream big. An exotic modern mansion, luxurious and out of the ordinary. The Fish House exceeds in every way the normal limits of a home. It is spacious, has an incredible view and has been designed to satisfy the inhabitants in ever way possible without having in mind many constraints. It’s a contemporary styled home ment to meet the highest standards of modern living. The result is fantastic residence in which anybody would feel welcome and cheerful. The designers took advantage of the landscape as much as possible: the views are visible from almost every angle, the living room is situated on the first level to ensure a good vantage point. The backyard landscaping design features a luxurious swimming pool along with the conversation area give the opportunity of enjoying every bit of the warm, exotic environment. And, above all, there is the eco friendly part of the design which was carefully planned to suply the house and all of the inhabbitant’s needs. We wouldn’y normally expect such a feature to a luxurious residende but the architects have had it in mind all the same and proved that nature and the way we relate to it is of utmost importance, no matter the function of a project. Building green is a condition, not an option.
Description of the Fish House by Guz Architects:
“This modern tropical bungalow encapsulates the essence of living in the hot and humid climate of Singapore by creating open spaces which encourage natural ventilation and offer residents views to the ocean.
The main design concept is to create a house which has close relationship with nature and this is achieved by having a swimming-pool linking the house with the landscape and ultimately visual connections with the sea. The idea of connection is reinforced by having the basement level media-room with a u-shaped acrylic window which allows diffuse natural light in and also views out into the pool. The curved roofs, which symbolizing the sea waves, also emphasize the idea of the nearby sea. These are almost totally covered with thin bendable photovoltaic panels supplying enough energy to the house, while the remaining area is used as a green roof giving residents some outdoor leisure spaces.
Fish House is a modest and yet luxurious residential design which gives residents opportunities to live in harmony and comfortably with nature.”
The Fish House is a dream home for anybody. But, from an architectural point of view it is definitely a succes because of the way that the architects have related to the given site and environmnet. They managed to create a functional project, adapted through large open spaces to the landscape and climate.
Architects: Guz Architects
MSE Engineers: C&S Engineers
M&E Engineers: Herizal Fitri Consultants
Area: 726 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 540 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photography: Patrick Bingham Hall