Project in Detail
Leedon Park House
Singapore, Republic of
Foster + Partners
The building is arranged around reflective pools.
Nigel Young - Foster + Partners
Leedon Park House is a large family home, which brings together the owners’ private ‘house within a house’ with more public areas for entertaining. In addition to a semi-private wing for the owner’s son and suites for family and guests, there is a sequence of light-filled rooms, open to the landscape, which provide a dramatic setting for large gatherings and intimate dinners. Set into a sloping site, the house is arranged over a single level which deepens into a two-storey building as it steps down the hill. On plan, the U-shaped formation occupies the perimeter of the site to surround a tropical garden with indigenous plants, mature trees and flowers alongside sculptures.
The roof canopy appears to float above a ribbon of glass and extends to provide shelter from the sun and monsoon rains. A slim layer of stone has been inserted between the layers of glass to create shading screens – the organic pattern creates a diffuse glow inside the rooms and the screens are animated by the changing shadows of the trees in the grounds. Rills cut into the stone floor introduce water as a central theme – its treatment throughout is deft, varying in depth, stillness and illumination to complement the tone and function of the different parts of the house. Fluid lines trace a path through the building in a series of slender rills, before cascading over a bamboo-lined waterfall to be collected in the larger, rectangular pools outside.
An oblique arrangement of rooms encourages indirect movement between spaces, symbolically slowing the flow of energy that passes through the building. The dining room is contained within a glass box that projects from the building into the garden. The interiors are calm and uncluttered, blending glass and textured stone to ensure privacy and fill the house with natural light. Illuminated recesses, stone plinths and internal walls framed by daylight are integrated to display the client’s extensive collection of art.
Foster + Partners