Project: Eng Kong Park
Architect: HYLA architects
Area: 3,842 sf
Photo by: Derek Swalwell
Eng Kong Garden by HYLA Architects
The Eng Kong Garden is a remarkable modern residence located in Singapore. This is a great example of modern residential architecture and was completed by HYLA architects, a studio whose Primrose Avenue Residence and Cascading Courts Residence projects have surprised us before.
This house creates around 3,850 square feet of living space, most of which is very private and is therefore protected from surveillance.
Eng Kong Garden is a typical 3-story semi-detached house in Singapore with a site area of around 300 square meters. The wooden-clad facade welcomes visitors to this semi-detached house. The house opens to a side garden with a wooden deck and lap pool. An open staircase in the middle of the house and an elliptical ceiling light brings light to this space. The ladder divides the house into two volumes; the front of the house Living, Dining, Family Room, Bedroom and Lounge, while the back of the house kitchen Dry and Wet, Study, Bedroom, Main Bedroom.
Aware of the fact that a neighbor’s house is only a stone’s throw away, the wall along the height side features a large solid white wall, with a wooden corridor overlooking the pond below. This wall extends below the second floor, framing a view of the garden and lap pool. Therefore, views to neighboring houses are kept to a minimum. Vertical pieces of wood in the front facade form a delicate screen around the living room, providing pleasure and privacy for the residents.
While interior spaces are mostly closed from public view in the morning, they become visible at night when interior lighting passes through a gap between the wooden strips on the façade, which is a visual pleasure. The 3rd floor has a lounge room that opens to a rooftop terrace. Open shelves of varying widths and heights reflect the design of the front facade, which also has wooden members that reduce its width towards the edges.