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Luxury Homes: Inside a futuristic bungalow inspired by fengshui principles

Shaped like the figure eight, Villa Otto sits on over 30,000 sqft of land in Jervois Hill.

Designed by Mercurio Design Lab S.r.l. (MDL), with project architect A.M. Architects, Villa Otto is the latest in a series of award-winning bungalows that the Italian studio has designed for the same client. “The owner’s brief focused on the number and size of rooms that he and his family needed. He left the style, massing and organisation to us,” says Massimo Mercurio, managing director of MDL.

The owner is particular about fengshui and other auspicious symbolisms, which inspired the way everything was designed in his home. “Otto” means eight in Italian, a number that is associated with prosperity in Chinese culture, and the basic massing of the home is also in the configuration of a giant figure eight. The home is sited against a forest backdrop, which reinforces the fengshui principle of stability.

Below, a closer look at Villa Otto: 

  • The two interlocking circular pavilions – each with an internal courtyard atrium in the middle – emphasises the figure eight-form of the home, while drawing in light.

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A version of this story originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of Home & Decor Singapore