House tour: An unusual form takes centre stage in this unique home!

A semi-circular form may be rather unusual for a home, but, when it is in response to a unique site, everything falls into place!

The homeowners had lived in the former property for decades and that single-storey house required extensive maintenance, due to age. It was relatively small, had a dated cottage style, and did not relate to the site configuration at all. Those reasons prompted the couple to demolish the old house and rebuild.

When architect Lim Ai Tiong of LATO Architects/Design was presented with the triangulated site with a narrow frontage, he proposed a bold, semi-circular form that would “make sense for the site”. By creating a half-moon plan, abutting the party wall, he achieved a pure geometry that circumvents the potentially awkward angles typical of triangular plots.

The homeowners’ love for koi was part of the inspiration behind the continuous semi-circular form of the house. A similar-shaped koi pond wraps around the perimeter of the house, making it appear as if it were floating on water.