House of curves

/ EdgeProp Singapore
July 19, 2019 2:00 PM SGT
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RT+Q Architects’ 116th and latest completed house is a Good Class Bungalow (GCB) in the Gallop neighbourhood, on a cul-de-sac with just 10 houses.
The house was designed for an owner who is a keen gardener and art collector.
UPDATE: The house won the prestigious Design Award for a Residential Project at the 18th Singapore Institute of Archtiects Architectural Design Awards 2019 on July 19.
The dining and living area enjoy 180-degree view of the garden (Credit: Samuel Isaac Chua/EdgeProp Singapore)
“The homeowner wanted us to design a house that would be very different, one that would stand out,” says Koh Sock Mui, associate at RT+Q. “The approach we took was to design a house that would look like a sculpture set in a garden. Along the way, we also discovered that the owner likes curves; this is seen in her art collection around the house. We decided to incorporate it into the design of the house.”
The house had to accommodate a multi-generational family – the owner and her husband, her aged mother and her grown-up daughter. It was therefore important to have a balance of communal and private spaces, adds Koh.
The Good Class Bungalow has a curved glass facade (Credit: Samuel Isaac Chua/EdgeProp Singapore)

Creating a head-turner

While the idea was to create a head-turner, the architects at RT+Q did not want a structure that was so imposing that it would overwhelm the streetscape. “That’s why we created something softer – an ovoid form with four fingers that extend out,” says Koh.
The main ovoid wing is where the living and dining room, kitchen, entertainment spaces and master suite are located. One of the wings or extensions has...