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Railway House in Singapore designed by Aamer Architects

Project name:
Railway House
Architecture firm:
Aamer Architects
Singapore, Singapore
Sanjay Kewlani / Skewedeye Pte Ltd
Principal architect:
Aamer Taher
Design team:
Aamer Taher, Rayson Kan
Jasni Ngahtemin, Rayson Kan, Albert Yeo
Interior design:
Aamer Architects
Built area:
424 m²
Site area:
334 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
JS Tan Consultants
Structural engineer:
JS Tan Consultants
Environmental & MEP:
Workshop ID & Build
Nyee Phoe Flower Garden
Luxlight Pte Ltd
Aamer Architects
Tools used:
Workshop ID & Build
off-form concrete, timber
Residential › House

Completed in 2014 by Singapore-based architecture studio Aamer Architects, ''Railway House'' is a semi-detached home located in Singapore

Architect's statement: 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.

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.

semi-detached house in Singapore image © Sanjay Kewlani / Skewedeye Pte Ltd

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.

Railway House in Singapore designed by Aamer Architects

main entrance wooden door

cozy living room with TV

modern white kitchen design

wooden staircase with metal handrail

staircase with wooden steps

skylight in the ceiling

skylight roof

first floor plan

second floor plan

third floor plan

cross section drawing

longitudinal section drawing

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By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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