Namly House is a minimalistic house located in Namly Place, Singapore, designed by Chang Architecture. The owners of the house were fans of concrete architecture and wanted a tropical house in reinforced concrete that had minimum frontal openings for privacy and noise control.
A typical tropical house is commonly characterized by these elements : Deep overhang eaves, sun-shading greens, louvers, extensive usage of timbers/ bamboo, etc. The Namly House thus allowed for a reinterpretation of the traditional tropical house; one that addresses the family’s needs, yet relates appropriately to the environment.
The garage area has a water feature that collects rainwater and serves as a natural cooling agent for the general space. Wind drawn into the interior from above and below the stepped features gets cooled. The interior is insulated by the thermal mass of the reinforced concrete walls, remains cool at all times. In the afternoon heat, the interior temperature is significantly lower than the outdoors.