Sited on the edge of a reserved tropical forest, the architect's immediate response for this house was to develop a seamless relationship between the house and the nature. ‚ÄúWhat if, on the contrary, the house owner has expressed no interest in the nature but rather maximizing the interior volume as the main design brief? FORMZERO decided to transform this paradoxical situation into an inspirational thought.
Window is the most direct element that defines our relationship with the outdoor space. When a house is surrounded by other houses, such relationship is disjoined by just dropping down curtain. 'How can we restore such relationship with the outdoor space without compromising our privacy?' Cherng Yih adds.
To answer these questions, The Window House applies three tectonic approaches through the manipulation of the form and function of window.
The house is wrapped in an additional layer of perforated concrete wall which appears like a shell. Apart from acting as a thermal protection with cross ventilation, the shell is the first layer to control the privacy. Between the house and the concrete shell, multi-level of landscape is inserted in order to create an ambiguous condition which makes the landscape to appear more like an indoor space.
The concrete shell is shaped in a telescopic form. It is tapered at the front, widened towards the forest in plan and section, like creating a giant window frame to look out to the forest. At the same time the tapered front facade is projected to the street that creates a more human scale house.
Different windows for different rooms. Instead of imposing an arbitrary aesthetic, the facade represents a collective expression of all rooms. In addition to enhancing the quality of framing view, the windows are outlined with deepened eaves, every scenery is captured in a picture frame.