They say home is where the heart is. If this is true, then these gorgeous and opulent homes (or rather, super huge bungalows) in Singapore will absolutely steal your heart away.
Set amidst lush gardens and away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, it seems as if these grand mansions are in an entire world of their own!
Here are some of the few unbelievably grand and opulent homes you can find in our little Singapore island.
1. The Willow House by Guz Architects
This impressive-looking house is truly a garden house.
It is designed to take advantage of its hilltop position, by creating a open-concept to make the most of the prevailing breezes.
The perimeter of the house is surrounded by the swimming pool to recreate a calming effect.
Nature is clearly evident in every single part of the house with lushly planted roof gardens and trees planted just about everywhere.
The water plants, moss and ferns, together with the calm pond waters create the feel of a natural lush greenery within the house.
The use of recycled materials such as recycled teak and artificial timbre adds warmth to the house. This evokes the feel of being in a forest canopy.
The architect’s idea was to create “a home with a soul”.
Hence, spaces were designed such that family members could interact and live in a closely-knitted environment.
2. Cornwall Gardens by Chang Architects
This impressive bungalow was designed to accommodate a multi-generational family. There are more than sufficient rooms for future additions should the children marry.
The concept was to create an open home and a cool tropical paradise for the entire family, where nature and family are integrated as one.
The result is a huge home that features a swimming pool, waterfall, Koi carp pond and a unique stepped garden on its roof.
Plants are featured extensively throughout the house, together with a massive green courtyard. These help to cool the house down inspite of the tropical weather in Singapore.
Built on a sloping plot of land, this majestic resort-looking house almost completely fills the entire plot. Also, most of the living spaces are incorporated within its internal courtyard.
With its terrace roof garden seemingly forming an amphitheatre around the house, this is truly being right in the heart of nature.
3. The Fish House by Guz Architects
The Fish House is undoubtedly one of the most impressive waterfront homes in Singapore.
The iconic feature of this stunning house is its show-stopping swimming pool area. The pool costs more than $2 million to build and holds 66,000 gallons of saltwater!
As an environmentally-friendly house, materials such as steel, wood and lots of glass were used to create this architectural beauty.
To mitigate the hot and humid climate in Singapore, open spaces were created to allow natural ventilation of flow within the house.
Floor to ceiling windows were used to allow a supply of natural light into the house, creating a positive energy around the house.
These open and breezy spaces provides an ocean view from literally every room and overlooks the garden as well.
Yet the real gem of the house lies in its basement. There’s a U-shaped entertainment room that is designed to hold back half a million pounds of water with its thick acrylic windows.
4. Siglap Plain House by Aamer Architects
Located just in front of a bus stop along a minor road, this exquisite-looking house brings together elements of traditional Balinese and modern architecture.
The unique combination of raw off-form concrete and finely crafted solid teak screens from Bali protects the house from the urban environment and traffic noise.
Yet, it does not compromise on views, natural light and ventilation in the house.
The high ceiling of the living room exudes a certain kind of grandiose and creates the impression of an extensive and breezy open space.
The study and library is located on the mezzaine floor and connected by corridors. This improves the connection between the residents and the wide living space.
At the ground level, the use of foldable doors allows the space to blend in easily with the outdoor decks, garden and swimming pool.
This creates the illusion of a long-distance openess around the house, while allowing natural sunlight and cooling within the house.
The master bedroom is located at a relatively unusual location, the attic.
However, this allows unobstructued view outside of the house while enjoying a quiet and private respite away from the busy city life.
These breathtakingly opulent houses do exist on our small island of Singapore.
Each of them reflect intrinsic details, various architectural styles and surrounding natural elements combined together to create the perfect home.
While only a certain handful of people can afford these gorgeous houses, the rest of us can only gasp in awe and soak in the beauty of these exquisite homes.
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