Challenged to design a semi-detached house in Singapore, the creative team at Aamer Architects opted for an unconventional solution: “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. By separating and pulling the main building block away from the party wall, a semi-detached house breaks free. Not only does this formally and aesthetically liberate the house from its neighbor; it also creates a 3m-wide fissure into which light and air penetrate deep into its interiors”, the architects stated.
The 7 Jalan Remis Residence displays a longitudinal development and a functional overall layout: “One enters the house through the front of this fissure, where he is greeted by a double-story 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.” Natural ventilation is one of the main assets of the design, as wind passes freely from one end of the house to the other. Have a look at the photos and let us know your thoughts on this architecture approach! [Photography: Sanjay Kewlani , Fabian Ong]