Viewing Back

Nestled behind an unassuming face of granite and glass, the two-storey brick structure conceals a distinctive garden view. Upon entering, floating timber steps frame the corridor of trees that blur the boundary between indoor and outdoor spaces. Bordered on one side by a dark brick material, the foyer is abundant with light, owing to the double-volume void that terminates at an intricate rectilinear screen and pergola.

Stretching across the building, the pattern of vertical and horizontal lines provides privacy and sun shading whilst visually connecting each space to the scenery outside. The full length living and dining is situated on the second floor, allowing its open-plan design to free up the space and frame the landscape ahead. The screen transitions from wall to roof, creating an interplay of shadows atop the infinity pool underneath. Finished with a modern interior, the contrast between luxurious marble, warm timber and textured brick evokes a timeless and modern atmosphere.

Project Name: Viewing Back
Location: Jalan Tempua, Singapore
Architecture Firm: HYLA Architects
Completion Year: 2019
Gross Floor Area: 567.14 square metres
Height: 2 storeys
Principal Architect: Han Loke Kwang
Structural Engineer: GCE Consulting Engineers
Main Contractor: V-tech Construction Pte Ltd
Landscape Contractor: Nyee Phoe Flower Garden Pte Ltd
Photographer: Derek Swalwell