Garden House by Wallflower Architecture + Design

Situated in Singapore, Garden House is a contemporary two-storey residence designed in 2015 by Wallflower Architecture + Design.

A modern, wooden-clad structure with a tiled roof, surrounded by lush greenery.
A modern, open-concept home with a sleek pool, wooden accents, and lush landscaping.
A modern, wood-paneled house with a glass-enclosed patio, pool, and lush landscaping.
Contemporary architectural masterpiece with sleek, wood-paneled facade, expansive glass walls, and a serene pool nestled in lush greenery.
Sleek modern living room with glass walls, suspended ceiling, and circular glass centerpiece.
Spacious living room with floor-to-ceiling glass walls, modern furnishings, and lush garden view.
Spacious indoor-outdoor living space with glass walls, plush sectional, and lush greenery.
Sleek, modern interior with expansive windows, a sizable sofa, and a dining area overlooking a pool.
Sleek, modern kitchen with minimalist design, glass walls overlooking a pool and lush greenery.
Spacious modern interior with sleek furnishings, glass walls, and lush outdoor views.
Large home theater room with wooden walls, plush rug, and outdoor view through glass doors.
A modern, airy bedroom with large windows, wooden floors, and sleek furniture.
Spacious bathroom with large windows, wooden accents, and a modern freestanding tub.
A modern, minimalist bathroom design featuring wooden wall panels and built-in seating.
Striking modern architecture with glass walls, elevated structure, and reflecting pool.

About Garden House

The Secret Garden House, designed by Wallflower Architecture + Design, is located in Bukit Timah’s good class bungalow area. The owners wanted a luxurious, tropical, contemporary family home. They also aimed to showcase their construction company’s skills by building it themselves.

Clever Use of Unique Terrain

The house sits on an L-shaped site with a narrow frontage, surrounded by neighboring homes. The architect used the uneven terrain to hide the bulk of the house. The lush garden adds privacy.

Over a third of the house is positioned into the rising land profile, hiding the mass and creating a private entrance. The ground floor sits one level above, offering greater privacy and a terrace for living spaces and gardens.

Innovative Design Features

Visitors enter through a granite cave leading to an underground lobby. A steel and glass spiral staircase leads to the living room. The living and dining spaces are surrounded by pools and gardens, blending indoor and outdoor areas. Trees around the perimeter provide privacy, allowing open and transparent ground-level architecture.

Two rectangular travertine blocks sit on slender pilotis, connected by a bridge on the second floor. A ribbon window with adjustable timber louvers regulates sunlight and ensures privacy.

Outdoor Living and Sustainable Design

An outdoor deck and roof garden offer space for social gatherings, with views of Bukit Timah Hill. The house employs principles of orientation, thermal mass, sun-screening, and natural ventilation, essential for tropical living. Cross-ventilation is a key design element on every floor.

Air flows through the basement garage, timber-slatted lobby, and a sunken garden courtyard. Above ground, masonry, air cavities, travertine cladding, roof gardens, and pergolas keep the bedrooms cool. Low-emission glass and timber sunscreens filter sunlight, creating patterns of light and shadow indoors. Skylights enhance the interior with shifting light throughout the day.

A Private Tropical Retreat

The house captures the essence of tropical living with lush greenery and vibrant spaces. Despite its urban location on a densely populated island, it offers a private, serene retreat in a secret garden.

Photography courtesy of Wallflower Architecture + Design

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- by Matt Watts