House Tour: Two-storey, four-bedroom bungalow in the Braddell area with a modern tropical vibe

Architect Vincent Lim of Visual Text Architects (VTxT) was fortunate enough to meet the homeowners of this bungalow, who prize design over the maximisation of their built-in space.

Other than wanting lots of greenery, a koi pond, and a swimming pool for their new home, the family put their complete trust in him to deliver a house that would suit their lifestyle.

The result is a delightfully simple two-storey bungalow with an exposed column-and-beam design and mono-pitched roof emblematic of Modernist architecture; in particular, the work of architect Mies van der Rohe, which has always inspired Vincent. “My concept was very simple. I wanted to create a modern shell around the original structure,” he says. The double-volume glassed- in structure is the “shell”, which encloses the extension of the home from its former footprint (marked by the long antique-brick wall on the ground level).