Sentosa Cove home with a garden facade

Designed with a contemporary gridded form, Living Grid House by L Architects deals with Singapore’s tropical climate in a clever manner.

  • Sentosa Cove home with a garden facade

Text by Stephen Crafti

Sentosa Cove is one of Singapore’s most coveted neighbourhoods, set in verdant streetscapes and providing a sanctuary-like environment for the residents who live here. It’s also an area where one can find impressive contemporary architecture, like this striking home designed by L Architects.

Sentosa Cove home with green facade

The two-storey home doesn’t have to rely on a high front fence to keep prying eyes at bay. It features a distinctive grid-like facade, with a series of 800 by 800-millimetre cuboids shielding the home’s generous glazing – something that can be problematic with Singapore’s tropical climate.

Sentosa Cove home with green facade

So rather than shrouding the house with established trees, there’s a grid of window boxes, well endowed with ferns and tropical plants that screen the sunlight. This structure, which is illuminated at night, is self-watering and also provides drainage.

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It was seen as a device for protecting not only the living areas at ground level, but also the two bedrooms on the first floor, designed to align with the eaves of this house. “A space is more than a sum of its parts. It has the potential to enhance the way we live and go beyond what we are familiar with,” says architect Lim Shing Hui, director of L Architects.

Bedroom with green wall facade

Although there’s a permanent green veil across the home’s facade, the design is considerably more than a clever idea across the facade, one that includes a porte-cochere that creates a striation of sunlight across the entrance.

vertical garden on balcony

The open plan kitchen and living areas are as considered, with generous timber joinery and thoughtful detailing, including a marble chopping board that forms part of the kitchen’s island bench. And while the spaces are open and fluid, there’s a slight change of level between the dining and living area, creating a certain ‘70s vibe.

luxury kitchen and dining area

However, whether the owners of this Sentosa Cove property are relaxing in the living areas or greeting the day (there are blinds in bedrooms and bathrooms for additional privacy and sun control), there’s a sense of living with nature, far from the bustle of the city.

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Photography by Finbarr Fallon

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