Guz Architects is in the business of dream homes. Specifically, contemporary dream homes with innovative aesthetics, enthralling exterior lines and material combinations, and dramatic swimming pools. The Tangga House, situated in Singapore's elite Holland Village, joined Guz's collection of residential utopias in 2009. The 7,663 square foot lovely is best described as a contemporary spin on the traditional courtyard house layout. Tangga's structure hugs a central green courtyard, itself centerpieced by a double-height stair leading up to a greenery-lined wraparound exterior walk.
The house's L-shaped floor plan primes its open spaces for bountiful natural light, as well as natural ventilation on days when Singapore slings the heat. At the upper most level, roof gardens enshroud Tangga in a sensual cloak of tropical comfort that is perhaps trumped only by the transparent walls of its crystalline swimming pool, which takes a 90-degree bend to run along two sides of the house. The pool's abutting interior walls are also glass, so couch potatoes in the adjacent living area can watch passing breastrokers burn calories, as the breastrokers steal glimpses of the latest How I Met Your Mother episode during their cardio sessions.
Despite its obvious comforts and hints of paradise, the Tangga House deftly avoids McMansion clichés with calculated tinges of modesty at the fenced and flat-roofed front of the residence, plus well-blended construction materials and vegetation installations that co-exist harmoniously with the surrounding neighborhood's landscape, and the country's natural environment.
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