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.
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.
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