Sentosa Cove, Singapore

Project Size: 7,000 sq. ft.

Program: The client requested an open floor plan with adaptable spaces connecting to the outdoors as much as possible. The structure is designed so interior walls can be added as needed for future owners.

Solution: The four-story house (plus a rooftop terrace) consists of a reinforced-concrete flat slab and column structure that is clad in reclaimed teak. The main living spaces, including kitchen and dining areas, are located on the second floor. Sleeping accommodations are on the first floor and on the third floor, where a master bedroom has its own balcony overlooking the pool. The roof lifts up toward the south to bring in extra light to the master bedroom, but the glass panes and balcony are also recessed to shelter it from direct sunlight. Cross ventilation, critical for tropical design, maximizes the sense of openness on the second floor, although double glazing also contributes to energy efficiency. Completed in May 2012, the house alternates between compressed spaces and open ones to emphasize views of the distant landscape.


Owner: Confidential

Location: Sentosa Cove, Singapore

Completion Date: May 2012

Gross square footage: 7000 sq. ft.

Total construction cost: Confidential

Nicholas Burns Associates
+65 97474069

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Nicholas Burns Desmond OngYonas Kuragi(all of nicholas burns associates- not registered)

Interior designer: Nicholas Burns Associates

Engineer(s): Web structures

Chee Choon (M&E), Barton Brice Shaw (QS)

Lighting: Nicholas Burns Associates

General contractor: Holden Tiling

Patrick Bingham-Hall

Renderer(s): CAD system, project management, or other software used: sketch up & autocad



Exterior cladding
RC: exposed structure- off form concrete (by main contractor)

Timber sun screen: reclaimed teak (by main contractor)

Metal/glass curtain wall: K&H

Wood: reclaimed teak (by main contractor)

Other cladding unique to this project: reclaimed teak (by main contractor)

Built-up roofing: RC

Other: reclaimed teak deck (by main contractor)

Metal frame: Alum. Custom by K&H

Glass: double glazed low e

Entrances: Alum. custom by K&H Sliding

Doors: Alum. custom by K&H

Upswinging doors, other: custom made steel insulated garage door by main contractor

Locksets: D-line

Closers: Dorma Exit

Pulls: D-line

Security devices: cisco

Interior finishes
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: reclaimed teak, stained dark or bleached + sand blasted ash veneer

Wall coverings: off form concrete, some plastered walls painted white

Floor and wall tile: granite (baths + external)

Resilient flooring: reclaimed teak

Special interior finishes unique to this project: reclaimed teak, clear stained, bleached and dark stained

Interior ambient lighting: erco + viabizzuno

Downlights: erco Task lighting: Exterior: erco

Dimming System or other lighting controls: gira EIB

Elevators: kone Accessibility provision

All taps fittings; vola