The Overlapping Land/House by Neri&Hu

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The Overlapping Land House by Neri and Hu

The two-L-shaped halves of this house in Singapore by Chinese architects Neri&Hu fold around a courtyard garden and two pools of water.

The Overlapping Land House by Neri and Hu

The Overlapping Land/House comprises three storeys, one of which is located underground, and accommodates four families across three generations.

The Overlapping Land House by Neri and Hu

Bedrooms are contained on the first floor behind a facade of adjustable teak louvers, while white oak screens separate the rooms from surrounding corridors.

The Overlapping Land House by Neri and Hu

Sliding glass doors separate living and dining rooms on the ground floor from the central courtyard, while more bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms fill the large basement below.

The Overlapping Land House by Neri and Hu

Neri&Hu, who also go by the name of NHDRO, picked up awards for two projects at the Inside Festival back in November. See the projects here and here, or watch an interview we filmed with Lyndon Neri here.

The Overlapping Land House by Neri and Hu

Photography is by Pedro Pegenaute.

Here's a little more text from Neri&Hu:


Neri&Hu’s First Building in Singapore_The Overlapping Land/House

For a private residence in Singapore, Shanghai-based architecture firm Neri&Hu Design and Research Office pays homage to the client’s Chinese roots by taking cues from the Siheyuan courtyard house, a vernacular typology found in the northern regions of China.

The Overlapping Land House by Neri and Hu

In essence, the courtyard house can be thought of as a spatialization of Chinese notions of domesticity. It expresses the relationship between periphery and core, celebrating the inner zone as a space for the family to gather.

The Overlapping Land House by Neri and Hu

It speaks to the complex relationships between the “self” and the “communal,” layering public and private in a spatial procession. It is an embodiment of hierarchical order inherent in multi-generational living, unique to the traditional Chinese family structure.

The Overlapping Land House by Neri and Hu

While respecting these ideologies, Neri&Hu offer a fresh reinterpretation of this traditional typology in order to contextualize the project, situated in a tropical climate and needing to accommodate four families across three generations.

The Overlapping Land House by Neri and Hu

Rather than simply adopt the rudimentary formation of a courtyard house, Neri&Hu have evolved it from a blockish mass into two elegant “L” shaped volumes which begin to open up the inner courtyard to the lush nature that surrounds.

The Overlapping Land House by Neri and Hu

Continuity between exterior and interior, a typical feature of tropical living, is taken literally here. Lifting the private living quarters off the ground, the ground surface across the site is expressed as a monolithic base which flows seamlessly from inside to outside.

The Overlapping Land House by Neri and Hu

The transparent glazing of the first floor allows the landscape to penetrate into the interior while living spaces begin to spill out into gardens and pools and in essence “occupy” and “claim” the outside.

The Overlapping Land House by Neri and Hu

A meandering strolling path encircling the site produces uninhibited views across the property, while water features stitch the building inextricably into the surrounding landscape. In effect, the entire stretch of land is here occupied; the whole site becomes “home.”

The Overlapping Land House by Neri and Hu

The layering and overlapping of materiality in the house is a key strategy in reinforcing the notion of continuity, from the uninterrupted vals quartzite ground plane with glass enclosed public areas to the wood-clad private spaces above.

The Overlapping Land House by Neri and Hu

The ebonized teak louvers enveloping the bedrooms on the second level are all operable to allow individual inhabitants of each of the thirteen bedrooms to adjust the degree of their connection to the outside, both climatically and visually.

The Overlapping Land House by Neri and Hu

On the corridor side of the bedrooms, additional perforated wood screens in white oak can fold and be tucked away, allowing full openness across the depth of the building. Double-height spaces begin to reveal the strata of the materially distinct layers, while at the same time encouraging interaction between personal and communal realms.

The Overlapping Land House by Neri and Hu

Blurring the boundaries of inside/outside, land/house, private/public, Neri&Hu’s design for this 2,888 square meter house is a series of complex spatial conditions which respond to the intricate nature of inhabitation, tradition, family, and domesticity.

  • tehmina

    mind blowing ; its unique architectural design never seen before .good job

  • http://www.archivaldesigns.com/ JoAnne Loftus

    It's a bit like looking down a puzzle. What a clever and beautiful way to build a home. What must it look like on the inside?!

  • JeffK

    Wow, absolutely beautiful. And going by property in Singapore, this must be a seriously wealthy client.

  • pim

    this looks beautiful, big and expensive.

  • bubble

    to Tehmina:
    It would definitively blow your mind if you see what other designs are out there. Such a naive statement….

  • Mary

    This house is simply astonishing! Incredible architectural design and beautiful facade.

  • airborn

    The restrained use of materials and detailing is very nice but the overall result as a private home is disappointing. Looks more like a public building with a communal square.

  • e1o27

    This looks potentiall really interesting, but i think we'd need more information to determine to what extent. Yea, it has a cool facade and all, and a nice courtyard, but most interesting is the unusual program (at least compared to a brief for a single famiy house) (private and communal spaces – schindler fitzpatrick house?) Would love to hear more on the connections between the units (ambiguous or communal spaces) but from here it looks like we could add a couple of doors and this would be a housing scheme for 4 families who aren't related(?) or maybe that's the idea.

  • winfrant

    An interesting but rather sterile private home.

  • Jonathan Tuffin

    It looks like a car showroom. Typical HiSo Singapore. Nice looking building. But a home? No.