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Faber Park House, Singapore | Melanie Francis, MSIA, Principal-in-Charge Tow Francis Architecture + Urban Design | Completed 2012

Working with the existing grades on the sloping corner site, the house is conceived as two pavilions linked by a glazed bridge, forming a courtyard with a swimming pool in the middle. This reduces the apparent mass of the 7,000SF area and allows for separation of the master and children’s bedrooms. Entrance is through the car porch into a glazed entrance foyer overlooking the pool. A koi pond at the corner of the front garden serves as a visual landmark for both persons entering at the gate and for those inside on the stair landing. Tiled hipped roofs with large overhangs allude to traditional dwellings in Southeast Asia, while the language and detailing are clean-lined and modern. In response to the hot tropical climate, timber fins and screens filter light and provide shade, while operable windows and ceiling fans facilitate natural ventilation. Granite, timber and clay tile characterize the warm palette set against lush vegetation.


Women in the Design World: Work in Progress, an exhibition presented by the Sam Fos School of Design and Visual arts in conjunction with the Women in Architecture Symposium 2014.

Melanie Francis / Master of Architecture, 1980