Gallop House, named after the neighborhood in Singapore where it is located, is a large timber-clad residence covered in locally-sourced wood. Designed by Formwerkz Architects, the house references an existing linear treehouse built for a prior owner, and features a louvered facade that allows residents to carefully control the light entering the home.
The house sits on a hillside plot in Singapore‘s Gallop Park neighborhood. It is covered with louvered screens that control solar intake and provide optimal privacy for its residents-a family of five, with additional guest rooms for parents, in-laws and friends distributed across two floors and a basement.
The main living space, kitchen and dining area are located on the ground floor, with a direct access to a swimming pool and veranda. Sheltered by the slightly protruding first floor, this space is partially protected from direct sunlight. A small treehouse, designed by Joseph Lim, professor at the National University of Singapore, is located at the far end of the pool and separates the driveway from the rest of the grassy plot.
The design is dominated by a combination of different materials like travertine stone, locally sourced chengal timber and teak. It establishes a warm atmosphere and visual simplicity with subtle detailing.
Photos by Albert Lim