A Glass Sky Bridge Unites Two Halves of an Amazing Concrete Home
A glass sky bridge and a series of other bridges unite two halves of a striking ultramodern concrete home in Singapore. The 66MRN House by local firm ONG&ONG divides the social areas of the home from the private spaces and ‘service functions’ like the kitchen. These spaces are further distinguished by variations in color and texture, with the communal areas clad in granite and the rest of the home in a tactile ribbed concrete.
The various functions merge together into a whole on the ground floor, united by stone steps in a serene reflecting pool. A three-story atrium reaches up to pull sunlight into this space, with bridges on the two upper levels.
Each half of the home rises into a gable shape, paying homage to traditional residential architecture while flouting it at the same time. Rooftop gardens look out onto the surrounding neighborhood.
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“Just off Stevens Road is this Zen-inspired dwelling with strong architectural lines and shapes that are further accentuated by the materials used. Comprising two main volumes, the front block houses the social spots, such as the living and formal dining areas, whilst service functions are relegated to the back, along with the kitchen. Although visually similar, the blocks are distinguished by texture – the social activity block is clad in granite and the service block in fare-faced concrete.”
“The design brief called for all spaces on the ground floor to form a cohesive whole so that when all doors are open on the ground floor, the individual spaces merge into a one – starting from the lap pool and garden at the entrance, to the living room in the front block and all the way to the kitchen in the rear block. A reflective pool divides the two main blocks and sits at the base of a sheer three-storey-high void that reaches the roof. This void forms the home’s visual and spatial centre and also works as a means of drawing up hot air so that the cooler air can rush in to keep temperatures low.”