Trio Stack | STUDIO WILLS + Architects

A distillation of a varied palette of materials into a tripartite composition of glass box, concrete band & steel box. Singapore / 2020

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TRIO STACK is a house sited on an elevated land and offers its occupants panoramic views of the estate and a distant view towards a natural reserve.



A severe building set-back requirement imposed across the entire length of the site, stipulated by local planning authorities, drastically limited the buildable footprint. To regain the areas lost to the set-back requirements, the building stretches itself over the entire length of the site giving the illusion of a large building; This distorts the edges of a pristine box-like Concrete Band contextualizing the otherwise ubiquitous Modernist Box for an odd-shaped plot resulting in a folded viewing aperture for a Study at one end and a Courtyard above an Outdoor Room at the other end.



The Concrete Band provides ample shading for a Glass Box below it from the harsh tropical sun and supports a Pavilion-like Steel Box with viewing terraces above it; a trio stack of Glass Box, Concrete Band and Steel Box. A single pier wrapped in black bricks, containing the vertical circulation, binds the trio stack as one and gives the illusion of a single point of support; a sense of lightness for a site congested with houses.

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    TRIO STACK is a house sited on an elevated land and offers its occupants panoramic views of the estate and a distant view towards a natural reserve. A severe building set-back requirement imposed across the entire length of the site, stipulated by local planning authorities, drastically limited the buildable footprint. To regain the areas lost to the set-back requirements, the building stretches itself over the entire length of the site giving the illusion of a large building; This distorts...

    Project details
    • Year 2020
    • Work started in 2016
    • Work finished in 2020
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Single-family residence / Multi-family residence / Interior Design
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