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.
Ninety7 @ Siglap, Singapore by Aamer architects
August 19th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Aamer architects
Magnificent views towards the city from atop Siglap Hill inspired the design. Master and family room are placed on the third level having the best views. Living and Dining on the second level, connected with external verandahs / terraces that flow upwards and fold into the roof form with deep overhangs for sufficient shade and channeling the breeze through the whole house.
Two resort style ‘Cabana’ bedrooms are located on the ground level by the pool with a large open/covered terrace for poolside parties. A sculptural metal ‘drum’ anchors the ‘ship’ to the ground and houses the toilet/shower and barbeque pantry. Roof gardens and timber decks provide added insulation from the sun.
This project won the 11th Singapore Institute of Architects Design Award 2011.
The Jury citation;
“The Jury is impressed with the result of what was a very close collaboration between architect and owner, which turned out to be a very up-to-date take on a tropical language of architecture.
Once inside the house, the sensibilities and sensitivities in the spaces are apparent. The architect and the owner opted to locate the bedroom areas at ground level, facing the pool in a private and exclusive cabana-styled setting. The living and dining/entertainment areas are located at the second floor commanding the view towards the city. This arrangement gives rise to the opportunity to create the deep fluid-form patio areas which wrap around the spaces of the house. The patios double up as extended entertainment areas and an environmental filter for the internal areas proper. The living areas are able to be fully opened up, back, side and front, to maximize the views, natural light, and ventilation without fear of the sun and rain.
On its own, this is a beautifully crafted house. What it also does is to give its terraced neighbourhood a timely update by way of its unique and progressive but pleasantly white-walled, modestly scaled architectural presence.”
art in space, space in art
AAMER ARCHITECTS aims to reconcile function and beauty in design backed by strong service and management support to ensure Client’s satisfaction.
Archisculpture architecture, landscape and interior installations, each project is seen as a work of art, conceived through a thorough appreciation of site, context and brief, and carefully sculptured to congenially fit into the site while keeping client’s brief intact.
In Singapore, he had spent several years (including his year-out) with firms like SAA Partnership where he spearheaded the design of large projects ranging from institutions and condominiums to city master plans in China, like the area office for the Housing Development Board (HDB) and military academy in Singapore and the national aquarium in Pudong, Shanghai.
Mr Aamer Taher is a former council member of the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) and former part-time design tutor in the School of Architecture in the National University of Singapore (NUS).
With increasing portfolio ATDS was re-established as Aamer Taher Design Studio Pte Ltd with AAMER ARCHITECTS specifically set up for architectural work. AAMER remain a design firm providing a one stop full range of architectural design and professional services including master planning, interior and landscape design with a dedicated team of professionals.
AAMER have built many luxury bungalows in Singapore, are currently the architects for commercial projects in Malaysia and China and have been the Design Architect for a school in the Maldives as part of the Tsunami Relief efforts initiated by the Singapore Government. And in collaboration with other firms they are involved in design consultancy work on larger projects in China.
Indeed, AAMER focus on creative design and their works are regularly featured in [web]magazines like Ish, Trends, D + A, Contemporist, Architizer, Home & Décor, Decorations, FORM, Home & Design, Space and ID.
AAMER’s projects have also been featured in Channel News Asia and Arts Central television networks, garnering awards along the way, including the SIA Residential Design Awards in 2004 & 2011. AAMER was on the Prime Minister’s list of Small & Medium Enterprises for Singapore’s 2001 National Day.
AAMER view design as finding an ideal solution to the combination of factors that include site, culture and climate, structure and services with an economy of means to arrive at an aesthetic whole. AAMER aim to reconcile function and beauty in design backed by strong service and management support to ensure our client’s satisfaction.
Every project is seen as a work of art, conceived through thorough appreciation of site, context and brief. Each is carefully sculptured to congenially fit into the site while keeping client’s brief intact.
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