Eco-credentials at Sentosa House, Singapore
Singapore-based architects and interior designers Nicholas Burns have designed the Sentosa House project. Completed in 2012, the luxury family home can be found in Sentosa Island, Singapore.
According to the architects: “Materials were chosen for their inherent qualities. Recycled golden teak, fair faced concrete, stone and steel all offer duality of function. Their richness and texture provides the decorative element in the luxury property.
“Structure, the bones of the house are on display creating clear open space with a sense of seamlessness interconnecting with the gardens and landscape, framing views. The structural grid provides a logic, an order with which every element and detail diminishing in scale relates to and relies on.
The contemporary Singaporean house was designed for the tropical climate. The recycled teak screen and desk fits over the concrete structure and glazing protecting it from the sun allowing the thermal mass of the concrete to stabilise the internal temperature. Cross ventilation, the other critical element of tropical design is maximises, the glass openness allowing even slight breezes to freely flow throughout he house creating a level of comfort. On the mechanical side, the climate control is the energy efficient aided by double glazing.
“The water is heated using a heat pump, utilising the free heat form the air and then circulated so hot water is available at taps without wasting water. The use of materials was reduced by keeping the structure exposed to the elements. The structural design using flat slabs reduces concrete usage by 25 per cent . All of the timber used in the property is recycled. And all of the materials were chosen to minimise surface treatments and unnecessary materials.”
Images courtesy of Patrick Bingham-Hall
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