You don’t need to go to remote jungles for a slice of tropical paradise—Chang Architects carved out a gorgeous nature-filled family home that looks just like a rainforest oasis in Singapore. Aptly titled the Cornwall Gardens, this lushly layered home is a large multigenerational abode that boasts hanging gardens, terraced roof gardens, a swimming pool, waterfall, and even a Koi carp pond. Cornwall Gardens was recently crowned a winner in Architizer’s 2016 A+ Awards and was created to satisfy the clients’ desires for an open home where their children can also “raise their families…when they grow up.”
Like many traditional Asian homes, the 1,494.7-square-meter Cornwall Gardens is a courtyard house where the main rooms of the home open up to a central outdoor space. Cornwall Gardens’ courtyard features a large swimming pool, waterfall, and Koi carp pond, all ringed by natural rocks and green foliage. “The setting provides daylighting, natural ventilation, and passive cooling,” said Chang Architects. “It offers an ecological-friendly environment that promotes general wellness for all. Working with the existing terrain, built-ups that contributed to the site coverage are utilised as planters for tropical fruit trees, to cool ambient temperature, and to insulate the interiors.”
The main rooms of the home overlook the central courtyard and have access to natural light and fresh air. Some of the climbing vines that hang over the homes provide shade from the sun and double as privacy screens. The basement level, where the Koi carp pond, swimming pool, and a waterfall are located, also features the dining room (next to the pool), kitchen, lounge, bedroom, and sun decks. A bridge connecting the lounge and dining area separates the Koi pond from the swimming pool. The first story houses the three additional bedrooms and the library and also has access to the driveway, while the second story contains the grandparents’ suite, a gym, dining, and a small extra bedroom. The accessible roof is covered in a series of terraced gardens. Rooms can be expanded and converted to accommodate additional family members as needed.
The home is clad in a charcoal timber façade that extends into the interior and has the ability to filter air pollutants. The front door was made from recycled railway sleepers. Rainwater is captured and recycled for irrigation and the verdant landscaping has attracted many fauna and flora to the area.
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