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Cloister House

Firm LocationSingapore, Singapore
CompanyFormwerkz Architects
Lead ArchitectAlan Tay, Seetoh Kum Loon
Design TeamIskandar Idris, Xue Zhen Chen, Sarah Ng

The main space is spatially delineated into 9 sub-grids, punctuated with a series of courtyards. The courtyards were essential for the otherwise deep plan to work, as they bring natural daylight and ventilation to every part of the house. Each courtyard is unique, differentiated by the varied sizes and placement within its respective sub-zones. Each has a different garden that responds to the differing openness to sky and the way rain gathers and free-fall into the courtyards from the varying roof slopes which are geometrically determined by the courtyards’ placement and dimension.