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A modern take on an otherwise ancient model of Ottoman house, this riverfront bungalow revolves around internal central courtyard; resembles that to the Ottoman empire and splendid palaces during the heydays.

The house is designed for an Indian-Singaporean businessman—whose lineage traced back to the northern part of India—who wants a replica of a courtyard house as typically found in north India using the internal courtyard as an organizing element, around which all the spaces of the house revolves.

Skewing the standard practice in Singapore of placing the formal living spaces at the front of the house, the front house adopted a model whereby the formal living room is at the end of the house which frees up the view of the river.

All in all and elegant solution to an otherwise traditional planning model that is possibly more suited to the tropical climate of Singapore.





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