House68, designed by EDI (DCA), presents an architectural marvel that revolves around the concept of interconnected pavilions, each serving a distinct purpose. The ingenious layout includes a guest pavilion, entertainment pavilion, living pavilion, and service pavilion.
This configuration not only accommodates the present needs of the family but also offers the flexibility to section off and close down individual pavilions when not in use, ensuring the residence remains functional yet energy-efficient.
Addressing the dynamic nature of family life, the architects conceptualised House68 as a response to the changing needs of a growing family for the coming years. The design seamlessly adapts to the evolving requirements of its inhabitants. For example, as the children leave for studies, various sections of the home can be closed off when not in use.
For its prime concept, the architects drew inspiration from the principles of tropical architecture, emphasising the harmonious interaction between the built environment and nature.
“Basic fundamentals of tropical architecture are adopted from the start. Primary living spaces are designed with openings along the north-south axis to avoid excessive solar gain. Opposing walls open up to allow for effective cross ventilation and airflow through. Deep verandahs and cantilevered roof eaves shade the interior from the afternoon sun whilst a double skin façade incorporating a series of glu-laminated pine louvres provide the shade and transparency needed for the pavilions,” the architects share.
One of the distinguishing features of House68 is the meticulous integration of water gardens and landscaped courtyards. These elements serve as natural coolants, significantly lowering ambient temperatures around the residence. Semi-outdoor pathways and terraces extend the living spaces into the garden, providing a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor areas.