The architectural dream known as The Sentosa House by Singapore-based architect Guz Wilkinson sits on a 726sqm flat piece of land that faces the sea. The brief from the client, an Australian couple, was simply to maximize the view.
Wilkinson’s solution – two transparent wings that create a flow of cool, natural ventilation, light and unimpeded views, especially from the master bedroom – was to turn the traditional floor-plan of two-storey house on its head.
‘We tried to maximise the drama of the site by putting the living area and master bedroom upstairs with the best view and breezes,’ Wilkinson says. ‘Generally, the house is based on a tropical open plan design with the main living spaces pulled apart to maximise views, breeze and contact with nature.’
As much space as possible – media room, secondary bedrooms and wine cellar included – was moved downstairs while energy conservation, Wilkinson’s pet project, is achieved with a roof garden and a rear roof that’s embedded with photovoltaic cells that help power the house.