The conservation residential shophouse is located at a corner plot in a quiet residential district, and has an additional side elevation unlike most intermediate shophouses. The Client's brief was to remove the existing steel structure with fixed timber louvred screens on the side elevation, and to convert the original open to sky air-well space into an internalized volume and part of the kitchen area.
We have designed a glass block walls that is more than 2 storey tall, consisting of clear and textured glass blocks, supported by mild steel framing. The glass blocks allow natural and diffused lighting to permeates into the interior of the house, at the same time providing privacy to the Client from passerby on the ground floor. The clear glass blocks are distributed around the top most level of the glass block wall so that the Masterbed room on the 2nd floor can look out into the clear sky via the apertures.
On the attic terrace, we have added a fixed glass canopy with steel supporting structure above the air well so that the air well forms part of the dining and kitchen area. To provide natural ventilation to the air-well below, operable glass louvred screens are provided on one side of the railings so as to provide natural ventilation, at the same time provide direct visual and sound connection from the attic terrace to the kitchen when Client and his family are using the attic terrace.
The project is a minor Addition & Alteration works that takes about 6 months to complete, and is located in the Eastern part of Singapore.