Cashew House

The project’s objective is to build a house for a family of five. Being devoted Soka Gakkai [Japanese Buddhism] practitioners and horticulture enthusiasts, the owners requested to have a house with spaces that cater to regular religious and social gatherings, as well as gardening. Therefore, the architects’ response is to amalgamate both quality living spaces and greenery all around the house. Sustainability and ease of maintenance were also main considerations in the design, material selection and site-planning.


Consisting of two blocks, the house is designed around an inner courtyard. This becomes the focal point that is visible from the living room and most parts of the house. Owing to the orientation of the site, the front and rear elevation are exposed to the harsh east and west sun. For heat insulation, the solid walls in these parts of the house are cladded with natural marble, which makes the structure appears as a monolithic block from the main gate. A stack of vertical windows opens up this block and brings natural light into the deep plan. Inside, all rooms have large full-height glass sliding doors to maximise the natural light. On the north elevation, there is a balcony to capture the north-south wind.

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Project Name
Cashew House
Completion Date
November 2019
Site Area
461.30 square metres
Gross Floor Area
913.88 square metres
Building Height
3 storeys with attic; 15.5 metres
Number of Rooms
Eric Ong
Architecture Firm
FOMA Architects LLP
Principal Architects
Tan Chun Hao; Lim Hui Chan
Interior Design Firm
The Line Art & Living Pte Ltd
Principal Designer
Angela Poh
Civil & Structural Engineer
CF Consultants
Quantity Surveyor
AGSS Quantity Surveyors
Main Contractor Builders
Alliance Pte Ltd
Interior Fit-Out Contractor
The Line Art & Living Pte Ltd
Infinitude (Joseph Goh)