The $37.3 mil ‘Layered House’ that Paul Tange built

By Amy Tan / EdgeProp Singapore | June 7, 2019 11:00 AM SGT
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Tucked away in a corner of Binjai Park is a Good Class Bungalow (GCB) designed by renowned architect Paul Tange, president of Tange Associates, for a friend. Tange is behind the design of buildings such as One Raffles Place, UOB Plaza and Orchard Gateway.
“The design of this house was a professional and personal undertaking for me as both an architect and close friend of the owner, for whom this was going to be the family home,” says Tange in an email response to EdgeProp Singapore.
His friend and owner of the 22,600 sq ft GCB had requested for the house to be spacious and to “comfortably accommodate social entertaining and a private family life”. This request inspired Tange to come up with what he calls “layered house” design that “increases privacy spatially” from the front to the back of the house.
To do this, Tange’s design features two double-storey buildings with a built-up area of 13,000 sq ft. The two buildings are connected by covered corridors. Both buildings were inspired by the concept of the Japanese gate, or mon, that can be found in traditional buildings and castles. In the first building, the public living room, meeting room and office are housed on the ground floor while the master bedroom spans the entire second floor.
Beyond this first building is a finely manicured courtyard where the family would occasionally hold dinner parties and gatherings. There is also a pavilion that Tange envisioned as a formal dining room but which the family now uses for various functions. This pavilion opens into the courtyard.
The GCB also features an entertainment room in the basement that the family has converted into a theatrette. Meanwhile, the property’s underground carpark can accommodate six to eight cars.
Separating public from private
The second building of the GCB was conceived as the family’s private space. It consists of the private family living room, dining room and kitchen on the ground level and bedrooms on the second level. All five bedrooms in the GCB are en suite. Meanwhile, the family living room opens out to...