A tree becomes the centre around which Ministry of Design develop their design. The residence twists and turns in an attempt to accommodate the tree creating ambiguous in between areas while preserving the garden by literally elevating it to the roof top. A fascinating monolithic sculpturesque element.
Returning to the romance of the single storey bungalow house, this zig-zag house acquires its unique form via a series of formal maneuvers around a mature tree located on its long and triangulated sliver of land.
Tropically acclimated to the region, the building’s twisting form creates “in-between” spaces which provide shelter from nature’s harsh elements and simultaneously allow for cross ventilation and filtered light. Courtyards, captured by the turning of the twisted building form, bring light into the basement service areas. Internal corridors serve as breezeways between air-conditioned and naturally cooled areas.
Slightly lofted over the ground, each of the building’s three Miesian inspired wings house an entertainment zone, a family zone and a private master zone. Seen as a seamless singular form, the building reads as both sheltering building as well as abstracted sculpture. Viewed from the vicinity’s taller structures, the building’s roofscape provides the final design touch –where diagonally arranged planting strips echo the unique twisted form of the House Around a Tree.