Tree House at Jalan Elok

SingaporeSingapore
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  • Location
  • SingaporeSingapore
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Conceived as a three-dimensional landscape installation with spatial pockets floating within, this house in Singapore literally brings the jungle indoors.

    Though concrete buildings dominate Singapore’s urban landscape, the island nation has earned the nickname of "Garden City," thanks to its warm, tropical climate that brings forth abundant plant life.

    Designed by Singapore practice Chang Architects, Tree House at Jalan Elok celebrates a garden concept by bringing lush greenery into a three-story residence near Singapore’s main shopping street, Orchard Road.

    Integrating slender trees into the living area, the ground floor terrace, and kitchen—and incorporating internal green walls that extend to the full height of the tall building—the architect created a nature-inspired landscape. The final result boasts ferns, trees, and a man-made pond and waterfall in the atriums on the ground level of the house.

    Skylights draw in sunlight during the day for natural illumination, while the plants and water features help keep the interiors cool. Stairs with open risers and slits result in improved ventilation, and offer varied visual perspectives at different heights within the house.

    On the top floor is an open-air timber deck for alfresco dining, equipped with a mobile trellis that provides shade from the midday sun.

    Modern home with living room. Photo  of Tree House at Jalan Elok
    Modern home with sofa, ceiling lighting, dark hardwood floor, and outdoor. Photo 2 of Tree House at Jalan Elok
    Modern home with sofa, front yard, dark hardwood floor, trees, ceiling lighting, staircase, and wood patio, porch, deck. Photo 3 of Tree House at Jalan Elok
    Modern home with sofa, ceiling lighting, front yard, dark hardwood floor, living room, trees, wood patio, porch, deck, and metal tread. Photo 4 of Tree House at Jalan Elok
    Modern home with sofa, front yard, metal tread, wood patio, porch, deck, trees, dark hardwood floor, and living room. Photo 5 of Tree House at Jalan Elok
    Modern home with sofa, metal tread, dark hardwood floor, trees, front yard, wood patio, porch, deck, and dining room. Photo 6 of Tree House at Jalan Elok
    Modern home with dark hardwood floor, trees, sofa, front yard, metal tread, wood patio, porch, deck, table, chair, and living room. Photo 7 of Tree House at Jalan Elok
    Modern home with sofa, metal tread, dark hardwood floor, front yard, trees, wood patio, porch, deck, table, ceiling lighting, and outdoor. Photo 8 of Tree House at Jalan Elok
    Modern home with dark hardwood floor, metal tread, sofa, wood patio, porch, deck, ceiling lighting, table, rooftop, gardens, and hallway. Photo 9 of Tree House at Jalan Elok
    Modern home with sofa, rooftop, wood patio, porch, deck, metal tread, gardens, bedroom, table, and ceiling lighting. Photo 10 of Tree House at Jalan Elok
    Modern home with wood patio, porch, deck, metal tread, table, ceiling lighting, sofa, gardens, bed, shelves, dark hardwood floor, rooftop, and staircase. Photo 11 of Tree House at Jalan Elok
    Modern home with wood patio, porch, deck, metal tread, table, ceiling lighting, sofa, gardens, bed, shelves, rooftop, and windows. Photo 12 of Tree House at Jalan Elok
    Modern home with sofa, metal tread, table, wood patio, porch, deck, gardens, bed, shelves, bath room, rooftop, drop in sink, enclosed shower, and one piece toilet. Photo 13 of Tree House at Jalan Elok