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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

House DE in Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong by Davidclovers Architects

 
April 28th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

House DE is an “infill” townhouse, spectacularly sited on a hillside above Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong. Combining two existing units into one, the design uses the volumes of three staircases to blend, burrow and interlock spaces vertically across four floors. Each “interaction” is materially monolithic, using stone, wood and a series of delicate aluminum fins.  Defined by these fins, the texture and form of the lantern-volume subtly changes shape and depth, casting shadow and emitting light in different ways throughout the day.

House DE

  • Architects: David Clovers Architects
  • Project: House DE
  • Location: Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong
  • Type: 4300 sf townhouse renovation/combining of two units
  • Photography: davidclovers & Almond Chu
  • Design Team: David Erdman, Clover Lee, Mui Fuk Man, Jason Dembski, Yvette Herrera, Rathi Subramanian, Lam Pui Wing, Spencer Mak
  • Software used: Maya, Rhino, formed lantern profiles CNC milled from digital profiles.

Detail of South façade at dusk

Each stair-volume pries open the house vertically and horizontally, pulling in daylight and emitting artificial light. Thickening the existing building enclosure and stretching it across the front and rear, the bedrooms and new master suite on the upper floors are protected from the elements, yet opens up to views of the natural surroundings. Towards the South, the facade thickens and torques, providing shade for bedrooms and balconies; while on the North, the facade transforms into a garden trellis for an outdoor dining terrace.

Photo of new cladding and windows on the South façade

Photograph capturing stair and lantern

Photograph looking up lantern

Detail of lantern ceiling at dusk

Photograph of Screening Room light troughs

Photograph of lantern from below

Photograph of lantern

Photograph of Family Room

Photograph of Family Room and lantern

Photograph of lantern

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