Like anything, building design is most effective when it takes advantage of context, and HYLA Architects' new family home in Singapore does just that -- though not in the way that one might expect. Homes often receive praise for their ability to highlight the external environment, but given the limited surroundings encircling this property, HYLA Architects opted to create a home that looks inward rather than outward.
'Surprising Seclusion', as the house is known, has little room to visually maneuver. Both its front- and rear-facing facades look directly onto busy roads, and its side is close to an old and, frankly, unattractive neighboring home. Given these conditions, HYLA Architects decided to limit the views that the home has to the exterior, instead creating an open and engaging space on the interior.
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