This semi-detached luxury home has the advantage of being located near Singapore’s Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. The 1.64-square-kilometer, or 400-acre, preserve of rain forest sits near the center of the sovereign city-state.
The use of concrete both inside and out gives the house an industrial vibe in contrast to the lush setting. Wood ceilings and accents soften the look, while transparent balcony railings bring in natural light.
The outer entryway has board-formed concrete walls and floor. A slat-wood wall contains the front door, which opens to a formal foyer.
Playing off the concrete and white plaster walls in the foyer and main living areas are polished concrete floors dotted with mother of pearl shells.
Glass walls in the main-floor living room look out on lawn anchored on one side by a blue-tile swimming pool with a wooden deck. A waterfall edge on two sides of the infinity pool creates a fountain.
The kitchen and adjacent dining room open to the yard and views of landscaping. The sleek oversized island contains a sink, a cooktop and an abundance of counter space.
Two bedrooms and two offices or study rooms make up the second floor, which features a balcony. Tatami mat floors and shoji translucent doors give this level a traditional Japanese feel.
The top floor and attic area are open plan and include a family room, a dining area, another kitchen, an owner’s suite and sleeping quarters. A balcony overlooks the neighborhood.
An elevator and a floating-style staircase with glass railings connect the floors. There are a total of six bedrooms and 10 bathrooms in the residence.
The basement level of the 3.5-story house has parking for four to five cars.
Designed for multi-generational living, the 11,617-square-foot house is in the Greenbank Park neighborhood and within close proximity to international schools such as the Swiss School in Singapore, Hollandse School and Chatsworth International School. Shops and restaurants are nearby.
A pathway at the back of the house leads to the nature reserve.