By self-proclamation, I sometimes go by “Zen Master Jeff” because of my easy-going demeanor. But others say it’s because of my unremitting admiration for the balance of modern design and nature blended together. It’s a passion. Maybe even an addiction.
Another culprit to add to my catalog of substance abuse is the recently finished Vertical Court project designed by HYLA architects in Greenback Park, Singapore. It’s a single multi-storied residential complex that, at it’s core (literally), houses an incredible courtyard on two levels. On the first level, a frangipani tree sits in the middle of a pond, framed by a timber clad box. The double volume living room and the dining room wraps around this courtyard. The second story level of the courtyard lies over the dining area and in front of the master bedroom. The full height glass facade facing the courtyard is screened by interlocking vertical and horizontal timber members. The courtyard offers the house a lot of privacy as well as letting in light into the center of the house. It also acts as a buffer against noise from a major road a distance away.