Where time stands still

Remember those indolent childhood days where time hangs and the natural world holds thrall? This home celebrates that idyllic feeling

Designed by Wallflower Architecture + Design

From the architects:

What did you do as a child that created timelessness that made you forget time? There lies the myth to live by.” - Joseph Campbell (American author)

There is something about a quiet day that slows down time, evokes memories of our carefree childhood, and reminds us of our past when days of timelessness existed. 

In today’s context, however, it is increasingly difficult to forget the notion of timelessness. 

Imagine relaxing by the garden and pool, sitting under a breezy veranda while shaded from the warm tropical sun, teleporting back to that mythological non-time and evoking our memories of timelessness again.

Situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, the home seeks to create a sanctuary, or a retreat of sorts, inspired by the likes of a retirement respite.

An uninterrupted and expansive porte-cochère at the entrance offer glimpses through a slatted wall into the flora and fauna within. 

The home is centred around a biophilic courtyard, with a fine collection of Frangipani trees elegantly orchestrated across each floor. 

The architectural timber sun-screens and travertine stone complement this green composition.

The inherent nature of a central courtyard design is to constantly tie each space back to the outdoors again. 

While imbuing these spaces with an abundance of natural daylight and greenery, the concept is that one can pause, and possibly evoke timelessness, through ignited memorabilia again.

The principle was to fuse both greenery and outdoor spaces into a rich and restrained palette of materiality – creating a balance between warmth and tactility. 

The full-height glass doors blur the lines between indoors and outdoors, and enhance the openness of the entire ground floor. 

The space – generous yet enveloping – stimulates a certain slowness of both mind and movement.

The first rooms maintain their connection with the central courtyard via timber sun-screens. 

This arrangement results in a simple juxtaposition of solid and void, architecture and landscape – harmoniously interweaved into one another while respecting the varying nature of each space. 

A final ascent on the travertine-treaded staircase leads to the private study atop, shielded by the rooftop terrace. 

This space has a discreet presence, but captures the very best of the surrounding canvas of greenery.

Life in itself is a form of balance, a balance between lightness and solidity, openness and enclosure, being present and timelessness. 

This crafted home's natural inner sanctum allows its inhabitants to forget time.

Credit list

GCE Consulting Engineers, ALLZ Consulting Services, KH Lim Quantity Surveyors
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) International Home of the Year – Winner
Design team
Robin Tan, Sean Zheng, Yong Mien Huei, Shazila Noh
Nyee Phoe Flower Garden

Designed by: Wallflower Architecture + Design

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Wallflower Architecture + Design & Marc Tan Shengyi

12 May, 2024

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