Luxury Homes: A Ridout Road bungalow built to entertain over 200 guests
This Good Class Bungalow designed by Ta.Le Architects includes a fitness centre, squash court, swimming pool, and more.
Standing at a whopping 29,000 sq ft., this house on Ridout Road was designed by Ta.Le Architects, alongside Produce.Workshop, when asked by a managing director of a listed company to build a house for his multigenerational family. The client, who was big on filial piety, was determined to create a space to house his elderly parents, children, and grandchildren.
Four generations living together was no easy request to fulfill. Thus, Ta.Le Architects started by establishing the family hierarchy and relationships in this household – so as to provide a design better tailored to their needs. To ensure harmony in the family, it was important to find the right balance between intimate private bedroom space and open communal spaces.
Besides familial considerations, the nature of the client's job meant that he had to host every so often. The house, therefore, needed to accommodate up to 200 guests, and included facilities such as a swimming pool, wine chiller, lounge room, pool table, fitness centre, squash court, and sauna.
In making sure that their design was minimalistic yet luxurious, the architects avoided conventional opulence by utilising nature as a recurring theme for the interiors. Greenery, foliage, water and wood are common motifs throughout the house.
This careful merging of nature with the modern living spaces – symbolising the old and the new – accurately captured the dynamic balance of having a house shared by four distinct generations, each with their own mannerisms and idiosyncrasies.
Green platforms and timber ceilings make for an effective shelter while being intentionally riddled with strategic light wells for ventilation and natural lighting. A series of copper panels on the eastern and western facades provide shade and some privacy.