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House with Forest Inside It – House at Orchard by Chang Architects

Sat, Jan 23, 2010 | Unusual house designs | By Mike

Located in Singapore this house unites concrete, glass, timber, steel and elements of nature like plants and trees. It has interchangeable rooms floating in a bigger volume of space. This volume is fitted into a terrace plot with a 2-storey high retaining wall at the rear, which was transformed into a pebbled waterfall that opens up to the sky. Below, a pond that collects rainwater encompasses the living area. Everywhere around the house different plants and trees could be found. Living in such place is like living in a forest in the middle of the city. Even a microclimate there is different from usual houses. [Chang Architects, via: worldarchitecturenews]

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  1. leah Says:

    This is a unique concept that truly defines “bringing the outdoors in.” The presence of natural elements in these homes is aesthetically pleasing and architecturally novel, but I question the practicality of having living and perpetually growing (potentially rotting and insect carrying) organisms climbing my walls. This gives another meaning to “going green.” I wonder what indoor climate is nescessary for this to be successful and what variety of plants are most durable?

  2. Tiffany Says:

    Yes at some point, this house is going to mould. This may look cool for a month but after that when the insects and worms start kicking in. I dunno…And how the hell would you even begin to clean the walls? Looks sucky to have to avoid trees while working around in the kitchen.

  3. Homer Tamburino Says:

    In the beginning just remember it was darked and then someone smiled! try this:
    I wouldn’t be caught dead with a necrophiliac. :)

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