Designing a dreamy residence that encompasses daily activities and dreams in a studied floor plan can be quite challenging. Singapore-based architectural practice Pencil Officehad even more things to consider when building the Stereoscopic House – like sustainability, solutions for constructing a resort-style residence or the interesting twist they eventually chose for this house. The detached weekend house is located on Singapore’s beautiful resort island of Sentosa, creating the perfect setting for an artistic interpretation of a modern retreat. Three sisters commissioned the architects to design a house that would merge eco-friendly features (low-E glazing, solar hot-water heating, cross ventilation, rain harvesting systems) with a modern design ensuring a fascinating set of views across the ocean.
Displaying a translucent base on the front facade, the house was adorned with a herringbone patterned wood cladding and white shutters that act as privacy screens for the passers-by. Inside, spread over the three floor of the house, the 608 square meters of living and sleeping spaces were designed to offer dramatic views and be linked by an interesting space arrangement – a distorted tube on the upper floors that focuses all the attention on the views, cantilevering over the pool in the back garden. Details and materials make this weekend retreat an example of great architecture and design.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests