A home to accommodate a family of growing children requires particular adjustments but a home that fulfils the requirements of a family with grown-up children has its own set of requirements. This was the scenario with Skan House by Design Collective Associates who was commissioned to design a house a family unit with three adult kids from the ground up.
Set on a piece of land sized at 785 sqm, the designers had to ensure there were enough personal spaces for each family member who had their own schedules and work time.
"The house was to accommodate the needs of each adult member while having common living spaces that allowed the family to bond and come together as a whole," explains lead architect Chan Mun Inn.
While having enough livable spaces was important, the architects also wanted to ensure that this modern tropical home had sufficient landscaping.
"Plot ratio is a measure of the built-up floor area of a house in comparison to the land size it is built on. A good ratio to achieve for a residential home designed in the tropics is a balanced 0.5 or 50 per cent plot where the built-up areas equal the space provided for open gardens and surrounding landscape. This, however, wasn’t the case, with the site located within a prime residential enclave and the design brief called for a built-up floor space that equalled the plot size," explains Chan.