Singapore: a city synonymous with business executives, skyscrapers, and for being at the forefront of wide range of fields and disciplines. One of those in particular, is architecture. This house, which is aptly titled Well of light has reinvented and reinterpreted how we classically view the word
house. Here we see a concept that defies how light, space and raw material surfaces interact with one another. As children, we were fascinated by games that involved light and shadow play. Do you remember projecting the light of a lamp onto a wall, and then placing your hands in front to make different shadows and shapes appear? This is, in actual fact, a simple, but valuable lesson for us to learn. It teaches us that shapes which are not necessarily complex, can cast wonderful shadows, and refract light in ways we never imagined.
Hyla architects has exemplified the use of shadow and texture; creating a home that is bursting with illusions. Well of light completely redefines the way we use, and cast light within our internal spaces. Take a look…
The house has two levels that complement, yet collide with each other at the same time. The ground floor, which comprises of the main living spaces has large, floor-to-ceiling windows, whereas the upper level, which houses rooms that are private in nature, is covered by a uniform surface that allows for only small, yet geometrically interesting cutouts for light to enter these spaces. Here, you can also see a contrast between concrete and horizontal wooden planks.
The exterior theme continues inside, with the same materials and the same plot of geometric voids that we saw earlier. The walls have intentionally been left blank, so the occupants can enjoy the naturally occurring imperfections that concrete provides. Dividing this space from the next is a wall of glass and steel. This is yet another example of industrial material elements displayed at their finest.
Here you can see a perfect example of how architecture and light interact with each other, creating a space of absolute tranquility and beauty. Feng Shui principles teach us that light, water and openness, are the best ways to transfer positive energy through a home. Going back to what we mentioned in the introduction, Hyla Architects have created a stunning visual display of light play; a criss-cross pattern of different line weights that add a completely new dimension to this already beautiful and contemplative space. The water divides, in the true sense of the word, two spaces within the house. The living room, dining room and kitchen are located in the front block, which has no evidence of space division, while the rear unit, features a second kitchen, bathroom and utility rooms; spaces which, more or less, need to be enclosed.
In this view, you can see the dividing space in the previous image in a different way. Here, there is a clear division between the spaces which can, and cannot be walked upon. The wooden plank, also helps the eye to be draw directly through the room, and in an almost Pied Piper fashion, coaxes you from one space to another. This kitchen area has an endless line of sight; it is impossible not to marvel at the effect that has been created here.
This is an example of how architectural design has been transmitted and transferred into functional fittings and furniture elements. Whether or not this wall of steel shapes is left bare or filled, a great effect has been achieved. It is up to the occupant as to how they want to fill the void, if that is the desired outcome. Otherwise, it can just as easily be left on its own and function as a piece of modern art.
This bathroom is particularly special with regard to the materials used. The shower is visible thanks to a transparent glass partition. The tub, which is large and classic in shape, is illuminated by natural sunlight that creates this plot of shadows and horizontal lines. The walls and floors are also of undeniable quality, made up from large sandy coloured tiles, which ooze with their own natural and unique beauty.
Well of Light delivers on all fronts, and creates a home that is full of wonderful material finishes and equally as wonderful exhibitions of shadow and light. But it does not finish there. To finish, we show you the stairwell. Not only are the doors fashioned in such a way so as to create thin horizontal shadows, but the roof also. Acting as a thermal barrier, the wooden ceiling slats help to disperse the light in an incredibly fascinating way. On top of this, they also help to absorb the unwanted sun and the heat, which can be a problem in the Singaporean climate. This home is undoubtedly a hallmark project which revitalises modern construction and design.