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Greg Shand Architects | 139 Ocean Drive

Architecture Greg Shand Architects | 139 Ocean Drive

Description: A 2-storey Bunglow House with 12-car Basement Garage, 5-Bedrooms, Wine Cellar, Attic and Swimming Pool.

Planning Constraints: Very low Plot Ratio of just 0.5. Maximum Height Control 11.7m from existing entrance driveway level. Combined side setbacks of 8m, with a minimum side setback of 3m.

Greg Shand Architects | 139 Ocean Drive

Greg Shand Architects | 139 Ocean DriveDesign Concept: LAYERED LUXURY 

The brief was for a private yet luxurious home tailored to the owner’s lifestyle. The house needed to be a home, but allow for frequent entertainment of guests accommodating functions for up to 100 guests. It should be sensitive to the seaside context, easy to maintain, and befitting of a sophisticated contemporary lifestyle. This is a house for a bachelor of masculine qualities reflected in the choice and layering of materials and textures. The result is a house that complements the owner’s taste and lifestyle, & connects contemporary architecture with its natural surroundings, turning the home into a modern re-imagining of seafront living.

Greg Shand Architects | 139 Ocean DriveDesign Approach: A complete bespoke design solution, encompassing Architecture, Interior Design and Landscaping. We were engaged to design a lifestyle as much as a home, and therefore paid acute attention to detail in the architectural form and function, integration of the landscape into the architectural design, and selection of materials, finishes and furniture to compliment the building as a whole. It was a privilege to co-ordinate the design of all aspects of this project. The consultants were engaged by us, allowing active synergy between the project team, and a single point co-ordination contact for the owner. Materials & Finishes: The primary structure of the house is Reinforced Concrete and Steel. Glass, Stone, Concrete, Timber & Metal are articulated in a wide variety of patterns and textures throughout the house. The layering of materials and finishes helps to enrich and visually connect the landscape with the interior spaces. External decking is timber to lessen direct heat gain.

Greg Shand Architects | 139 Ocean DriveKey Elements of the Design (Architectural)

Patio Screens The client requested a secure compound at night, however Sentosa Cove do not allow boundary fences higher than 1m. We therefore proposed tilting timber lattice screens along the Patio (with required setback), that could be closed at night for security, and opened during the day to provide shading for the Patio.

Front Screen Wall The external travertine wall at the entrance provides privacy for the 1st storey, and extends into the Living Room, visually connecting the garden with the Living space. The wall is clad with travertine marble in varying textures, with recessed LED lights to create a sculptural yet functional element. Behind the wall is a wheelchair ramp, and void to the Basement Carpark for ventilation.

Central Courtyard The plot has a very tight plot ratio of just 0.5. We needed to create a grand luxurious home with very little GFA for the spaces required by the client. We therefore proposed a Central Courtyard was designed to visually enhance the perception of space, and create a seamless indoor/outdoor transitional zone that anchors the entertainment areas. The feature wall in the courtyard is a collage of metal and concrete, with aluminium extrusions of varying size and colour juxtaposed against a concrete wall with a stainless steel, glass and timber stair accessing the roof garden above and the basement below.

Greg Shand Architects | 139 Ocean Drive

Greg Shand Architects | 139 Ocean DriveDining Room 

The Dining Room is a good example of the lengths we went to in the Interior Design to meet the client’s brief. There is indirect lighting on the walls to make the space feel larger, and task lighting over the table recessed into a cove, that continues down the wall paneling. There are two finishes of metallic liquid metal, with brushed finish and exposed stainless steel screws. These panels bare reference to an airplane wing, as the owner has a penchant for travel. The timber wall of vertical battens extends outside the space and onto the ceiling of the Patio. There are concealed opening panels in this wall that house the light switches and power points. The Dining table is custom designed to sit 14 guests with two lazy susans for Chinese dining on a rectangular table. The sideboard was selected with internal lighting to complement the built in cove lighting.

Front Screen Wall The external travertine wall at the entrance provides privacy for the 1st storey, and extends into the Living Room, visually connecting the garden with the Living space. The wall is clad with travertine marble in varying textures, with recessed LED lights to create a sculptural yet functional element. Behind the wall is a wheelchair ramp, and void to the Basement Carpark for ventilation.

Attic / Master Bedroom / Bathroom To carry through the masculine theme of the house in the interior design, we have used a lot of leather, liquid applied metal on feature walls, tinted mirrors, natural timber, recycled bricks and stainless steel. The challenge was to try and layer these materials and textures into an integrated whole, such that the space still felt like a HOME rather than an office. In the Master Bathroom, the owner wanted to be able to watch TV from the basin, water closets and bathtub. We suspended a TV at the end of the bathtub, in front of the shower with skylight above.

Greg Shand Architects | 139 Ocean DriveBespoke Design Elements: Much attention was paid to creating a unique and bespoke home for the owner. As an example, we designed the following elements for this house: • the sculpture over the Basement entrance, incorporating the owner’s initials • the front door handle is designed in a ‘DL’ configuration • internal paneling takes the form of brushed metal panels with exposed stainless steel screws reminiscent of an aircraft wing, a reference to the owner’s penchant for travel • two bar counters were designed with built in LED lights • the dining table was custom designed to complement the architecture and seat the required number of guests. • the front feature wall incorporating LED lights, marble textures and patterns • the courtyard feature wall integrating the staircase and LED lighting recesses • internal wall paneling conceals light switches and power points to create a clean aesthetic for the spaces.

Greg Shand Architects | 139 Ocean DriveAttributes of a Sustainable Built Environment

1. Resilience to Climate Change

Passive cooling enhanced by large sliding glass doors that open to allow good natural cross ventilation, orientation of glazing to the North and South, vertical and horizontal shading to minimize the need for air conditioning. Use of recycled timber externally for decking rather than stone to reduce heat gain. Recycled bricks were also used throughout the house.

2. Resource Efficacy 

Passive cooling of spaces as mentioned in (3) above.

3. Longevity = Adaptability + Re-Use

Recycled and Recyclable materials used such as timber, steel.

4. Harmonization with Place

Use of tropical natural materials, with wide eaves and large overhangs and vertical shading to keep the house cool. Integration of landscaping, roof gardens and courtyards keep all spaces in touch with the natural environment.

5. Wellness of the Inhabitant

The house was designed specifically for the owner’s lifestyle, needs and requirement. Good natural cross ventilation, views to the garden and sea and city beyond, use of natural materials and good shading provide for a comfortable, healthy space for the owner. The owner is extremely happy with the house, exceeding his expectations.

6. Integration of Landscape

Integration of landscaping, roof gardens and courtyards keep all spaces in touch with the natural environment.

7. Design Process

Single designer to oversee all aspects of architecture, landscape and interior design. Active synergy between Architect, Engineers, Contractors and Owner.

Location: No.139 Ocean Drive, Sentosa Cove, Singapore
Architect: Greg Shand Architects | Robert Greg Shand
Design Year: 2008
Site Area: Plot size 1,400 sqm.GFA = 790 sqm
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