Novum Design Award
Architectural Design Category
Jervois Hill, Singapore
Mercurio Design Lab S.r.l.
Mercurio Design Lab
Villa Otto, nestled in predominantly Chinese-speaking Singapore, is a nod to an auspicious figure in feng shui. Otto which is an Italian for ‘eight’ is a symbol of prosperity, hence, the curvaceous interlocking of two circular pavilions, each with an atrium center to emphasize the eight form and draw light down into the building.
Tradition embraces modernity through floor-to-ceiling glass windows, stainless steel cladding, and outward thrusting walls and canopies. The transparency of the first and second storeys and the outward thrusting walls and canopies give the house the impression of a spacecraft either about to land or to take off. The ‘spacecraft’ image is supported by the stainless steel cladding that gives the house a spectacular and unique character. The eight-shaped stainless steel is so outstanding that its aesthetic magnificence is asserted in a manifestation of fluidity that only few would dream to bestow upon a building.
Even the interiors are consistent with Otto’s architectural fluidity. The lighting fixtures, tables, couches, and tubs display the distinctive curvaceous feature harking to the house's eight-form.
Aaron Pocock Photography (main image, images 2, 4, and 5); CI&A Photography (image 3); Mercurio Design Lab (image 1)
DESIGN SCORE: /100
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