Inspired by a series of challenging situations, the Ontario Residence by Ministry of Design seeks relevant and authentic solutions that challenge prevailing conventions of local luxury bungalow design.
The first challenge is rooted in the context of site – “How to create a sense of privacy to a house that has little visual privacy from its neighbours in spite of sitting on its own piece of land?” The second is the awkwardness of the car porch which typically manifests itself as a standalone or disjointed object – “How to incorporate it seamlessly into the language of the overall building?”
The primary part of the building is built on an assemblage of simple geometries: a vertical tower block juxtaposed with a horizontal block, capped by an overhanging hood – the car porch. The main public spaces are turned inwards towards a double-storey courtyard and lap pool. Organised around this central space, the activities of the residents enjoy a sense of clam privacy bathed in captured natural light from above. The tower houses the master wing, which is constantly cooled by the prevailing cross-breezes.
An oasis for its residents, the Ontario Residence is characterized by graceful proportions, pure geometries and a sense of reserved materiality.
Project Architect: Park + Associates
Program: Architecture (with PAA) + Interior Architecture + Design
Area: 420 sq m
Contractor: Entron Construction
Facilities: Living, Dining, Study, Game Room, Internal Courtyards, Swimming Pool, BBQ Areas & Outdoor dining, Master Bedroom, Kids’ Bedrooms, Elderly Bedroom, Maids’ quarters, Wet and Dry Kitchen, Family Rooms
Duration of construction: Nov 2007-June 2009
Photography: CI&A Photography, Edward Hendricks; Exterior Materials: Floor Material: Light Speckled Grey Granite in Flamed and Brushed Finish for Car Porch, Front Yard, Entry Court, Pool Deck
Wall Material: Emulsion Paint in selected color for Car Porch, Front Yard, Entry Court, Pool Deck
Ceiling Material: Paint for Car Porch
Lighting Material: Outdoor Lighting
Floor Material: Light Speckled Grey Granite in Flamed and Brushed Finish for Dining + Living Area.
White Oak solid timber strips for all Bedrooms, Walk-in Wardrobe and Stair area.
Travertine in Honed and Filled with Clear Resin Finish for all Bathrooms and Outdoor Shower
20 x 20 mm black Mosaic tiles for GF Powder room.
Indian Ebony Timber Strips flooring for Entertainment Room.
Brown Shag Pile carpet for Entertainment Room. Wall Material: Paint for most areas.
Brown Fabric Panel for Entertainment Room.
Travertine in Honed and Filled with Clear Resin Finish for all Bathrooms and Outdoor Shower walls.
20 x 20 mm black Mosaic tiles for GF Powder room walls.
Ceiling Material: Paint
Lighting Material: Halogen Lights
Furniture: Sofa in Living Room
Tulip Dining Table and Chairs.
Bed set in Master Bedroom and In-Law’s Bedroom
Sanitary: Toto WC, basin and Shower
Others: Copper Feature Wall
Stone Bar counter