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Lush Singapore Lawns Green the Meera House From Guz Architects

We have covered the work of Singapore-based Guz Architects here before. (Fish House Imagines Waves and Billowing Gusts of Cool Sea Breezes)Their Fish House is an solar-and-green-roof beauty that overlooks and echoes the swells of ocean waves.
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Like the Fish House, Meera House is focused on a forward ocean view, and maximizes privacy despite typical cheek-by-jowl proximity to neighboring city lots.
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In this house on the island of Sentosa in Singapore, Guz returns to several elements like the rolling green roof that made the Fish House so great.
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In addition, each of the stories in the Meera House has been designed so that it appears to be a single story at ground level looking out on a grass lawn, as if it is situated at ground level. This makes for very grounding and human-scaled design focused around each garden.
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Rimming each lawn is very proper British squared-off planting areas that echo Singapore’s colonial roots, and mitigating the view of the burgeoning growth of the city, seen across the bay.
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Singapore has the perfect climate for the proper British lawns of the Guz signature lush green roofs – they are really green.
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Even the actual ground-level lawn, a manicured tropical British/Singapore lawn provides the perfect backdrop to his very international sophisticated tropical style of green architecture.
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To create all these levels, of course means a lot of stairs in the narrow lot. Guz makes the stairwell a focal point.

“Our strategy was to build a solid wall to each side neighbor to provide privacy where possible,  while creating a central light and stair well which would funnel the sea breeze through the centre of the building”.

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A private walled water garden blocks the view of the neighbors to the side.
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Looking the other way provides an equally tranquil view.
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Under the Meera House is a cleverly engineered cooling feature that Guz pioneered in the Fish House, and proved to be a workable solution to reduce energy use.

This underwater room centered beneath the house is cooled by the swimming pool and provides a very unique thermal sink to naturally moderate the temperature in the house, reducing the need for energy-wasting air conditioning. As far as I know, only Guz Architects makes use of this double use of a swimming pool to reduce energy use.

Such an elegant way to build green!

::Guz Architects

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