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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.

Jalan Remis in Singapore by Aamer Architects

 
June 5th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Aamer Architects

The Railway House

As a typology, the semi-detached house is often perceived as a Siamese twin, reluctantly conjoined to its symmetrical other via a single party wall. The desire to challenge such a notion drives the parti of this single-family house. By separating and pulling the main building block away from the party wall, a semi-detached house breaks free.

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

  • Architects: Aamer Architects
  • Project: Jalan Remis
  • Location: Singapore
  • Photography: Sanjay Kewlani
  • Project Team Members: Jasni Ngahtemin, Albert Yeo, Rayson Kan
  • Civil & Structural Engineer: J S Tan Consultants Pte Ltd
  • Landscape: Nyee Phoe Flower Garden Pte Ltd
    • Land / Built-up area: 334 m2 / 424 m2
  • Completed: 2014

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Not only does this formally and aesthetically liberate the house from its neighbour; it also creates a 3m-wide fissure into which light and air penetrate deep into its interiors.

One enters the house through the front of this fissure, where he is greeted by a double-storey volume foyer naturally lit from above. Light splashes onto the richly-textured brick wall, casting shadows which vary in form and intensity over time. The light leads one up the staircase onto the second storey. By now, the fissure manifests itself as a gathering realm for the family.
In this funnel-like, naturally-ventilated space, wind passes through freely from the front to the back, both ends at which pockets of green have been inserted. Deep overhangs and operable blinds protect the interiors where necessary.

Herein lies the beauty of the house: a space which is at once sheltered yet connected to its environment. Such is the simple delight of tropical living.

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Sanjay Kewlani

Image Courtesy © Aamer Architects

Image Courtesy © Aamer Architects

Image Courtesy © Aamer Architects

Image Courtesy © Aamer Architects

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