The Water-Cooled House showcases a magnificent concept: in order for the inhabitants to enjoy the tropical surroundings without feeling overwhelmed by the hot weather, the architects created a fabulous second story surrounded by a dark reflecting pond. This helps connect the upstairs pavilion sheltering the main living room and study to the surroundings and also cool down the living spaces downstairs. Designed by Singapore-based studio Wallflower Architecture + Design, the residence is situated on the highest hill in Singapore, named Bukit Timah. This offers the opportunity to enjoy extensive panoramas of the luscious tropical surroundings through a screen of mature trees.
The interiors on the first level – dining, bedrooms and family spaces – are thermally insulated from solar heat gain. Here, a long air well and a 30 meter long and 2 meter wide koi pond further deepen the use of water concept. Breezes cool down the interiors and the water features create fascinating interruptions in the architecture that control the temperature. Enjoy the photos and remember to draw inspiration from all beautiful things surrounding you.