Intermediate Stories

When the planning authority revised the planning guidelines for landed housing by allowing more
flexibility in the internal layouts, it gaves us the opportunity to re-examine the typology for an
intermediate terrace house. Typically, the main problem for houses of this type is that the living
areas, being located on the ground floor would look into the car parking at the front. In this house, an
extra level has been inserted making this a four storey house in a 2.5 storey zone. The ground floor,
which is just slightly below the existing level, is where the parking and service areas are. This frees
the second level to be the main living areas with its double volume space and private courtyard. The
courtyard is screened by a custom concrete air block, which is designed to be a climbing wall for one
of the owner’s cats. A mezzanine level holds the 2 kid’s rooms, whilst the Master and study room is
placed at the attic. The house is finished in off form concrete and a grey facebrick which contrasts
very nicely with the warmth of the timber used throughout for floors and furniture. The cantilevered
staircase is done entirely in an insitu off form concrete, with a steel edge to hold the banisters.

Name: Intermediate Stories
Type: 2 storey intermediate terrace house with mezzanine and attic
Location: Lily Avenue, Singapore
Site Area: 196 m2
Gross Floor Area: 353 m2
Status: Completed 2017
Architect: HYLA Architects
Principal Architect: Mr Han Loke Kwang
Assistant Architects: Trang Tran, Amanda Tay, Thomas Ong
Main Contractor: : V-Tech Construction Pte Ltd
Structural Engineer: GCE Consulting Engineers
Photographer: Derek Swalwell