The Bamboo Veil House sits on a street corner on a triangular plot with a narrow frontage. The building had not undergone significant renovation after it was constructed, so it was considered out-of-date. The owner decided to transform it into a modern, minimalist house with a large social space that would serve as a welcoming respite amidst Singapore’s dense urban environment and tropical climate.
Spatial arrangement of the odd-shaped plot was not difficult because the owner only required three bedrooms. The ground floor was allocated for dining and entertainment; the second floor for bedrooms; and the attic for a study and a family room. The façade was inspired by a Nezu Museum by Kengo Kuma in Tokyo that the house owner saw during a family vacation. The focal point of the renovation, therefore, was a bamboo veil akin to the museum’s façade.
Project Name: Bamboo Veil House
Location: Bukit Timah, Singapore
Completion Date: 2019
Site Area: 385 square metres
Building Height: 2 storeys; 1 attic
Architecture Firm: Wallflower Architecture + Design
Principal Architects: Robin Tan; Sean Zheng; Yong Mien Huei; Tan Yen Lin; and Elvan Ong
Images: Marc Tey Photography