Viewing Back

Nestled behind an unassuming face of granite and glass, this 2‐storey brick structure conceals a mesmerising view; offering a glimpse into the garden of Singapores former Command House. Situated on a long plot, the “Looking Glass” capitalises on its length to accentuate its view to the north. Upon entering, floating timber steps tease at the landscape ahead, framing the corridor of trees that blur the boundary between indoor and outdoor space. Bordered on one side by dark face brick, the foyer is abundant with light, owing to the double‐volume void that terminates at an intricate rectilinear screen and pergola. Stretching across the building, the pattern of vertical and horizontal lines provide privacy and sun shading whilst visually connecting each space to the scenery outside. Unconventionally, the full length living and dining is situated on the second floor, allowing its open plan to free up the space and frame the landscape ahead. Finished with a modern interior, the contrast between luxurious marble, warm timber and textured brick evoke a timeless and modern atmosphere. Overlooking the stairwell, a glass study and three bedrooms occupy the top floor. As screen transitions from wall to roof, an interplay of shadows dance atop the infinity pool below, overlooking a glass‐less window of picturesque nature.

Name: Viewing Back
Type: 2 storey semi-detached house with attic and swimming pool
Location: Jalan Tempua, Singapore
Site Area: 403 m2
Gross Floor Area: 567 m2
Status: Completed 2017
Architect: HYLA Architects
Principal Architect: Mr Han Loke Kwang
Assistant Architects: Tran Thi Thu Trang, Amanda Tay, Wesley Fong, Chong Wen Jin, Thomas Ong
Main Contractor: : V-Tech Construction Pte Ltd
Landscape Contractor Nyee Phoe Flower Garden Pte Ltd
Interior DesignCustom joinery designed by HYLA Architects built by Kcf&R Pte Ltd
Structural Engineer: GCE Consulting Engineers
Photographer: Derek Swalwell