WOHA Architects designed a series of small treehouse-like cabins as gathering spaces for residents of the new Goodwood Residence in Singapore. The huts are level with the height of the surrounding tree canopies and they create a dynamic topography that connects the development to the adjacent Goodwood Hill, generating a more intimate atmosphere in the courtyard area.
The Goodwood Residence has 210 apartments that surround a central courtyard dominated by a large swimming pool and clubhouse. It is a community gathering space complete with a concierge, reading room and pools. Smaller landscaped courtyards branch off the sheltered walkways and provide varying levels of privacy within the L-shaped complex.
The apartment facades covered in sunscreens made from aluminium fins that can be adjusted to different amounts of natural lighting are perhaps the project’s most distinctive elements. Inspired by patterns of traditional Asian textiles and typical bamboo colonial homes, the façade screens not only regulate sun shading, but also control privacy levels.
The ground floor apartments were designed as ‘landed housing apartments’ that create a strong connection to the exterior with lofty ceilings, pool terraces and sliding garden windows. On the second and third floors are 15 units that look like treehouses. Here, inhabitants can gather and relax amidst the treetop canopies. They act as pleasant transitional spaces between the natural surroundings and uniform housing blocks.
Images by Patrick Bingham-Hall