Humble House is a response to Clients’ need for a humble and joyful house. As downsizers, our clients wanted a simple house that is user-friendly and low- maintenance but at the same time smart and elegant which can house the two of them and also open out to entertain guests and family.
The house is predominantly single storey, positioned on the highest part of a steeply sloping site. Located in close proximity to Wilson Botanical Gardens, the site offers unique advantage of views towards town and also tall stand of trees in botanical gardens.
Architecture & Interior Design
The design of this house combines 2 pods- living pod and bedrooms pod and stiches them together through outdoor and semi-outdoor spaces. The entry gallery is brick paved with series of roof windows that create a semi-open hallway feel. Flanking the gallery are bed spaces which open onto a bridge with deck and elevated garden either sides before linking on to the living area. The living area has a wintergarden that runs parallel to it. Stackable glass doors and folding screens to the terrace allow the space to expand and contract as per the needs of its occupants.
This segregation of the spaces and courtyards enhance day lighting and cross-flow ventilation in the house. Concrete slabs, double glazing, high ceilings, careful window positioning, internal gardens and solar power make this house thermally efficient and ecological sustainable.
Exterior & interior material palette is also derived by the need for simplicity and durability. The house is built in concrete, timber and slate with brick and metal accents- a rustic and humble yet sharp and sophisticated look n’ feel to the interiors.
Landscape for the house uses permeable paving, recycled sleeper pathways and drought resistant plants have been chose for roof garden and in-ground planting.