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Secret Garden House / Wallflower Architecture + Design

first_imgManufacturers: BI&L Collections, Classic Aluminium Industry, Nyee Phoe Flower GardenSave this picture!© Marc TeyRecommended ProductsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedKitchen Furniture / CountertopsApavisaSlabs – LinetopWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedText description provided by the architects. The Secret Garden House, designed by Singapore based Wallflower Architecture + Design, is situated in the good class bungalow area of Bukit Timah. The owner’s brief was to have a luxurious, tropical, contemporary family home. Being the owners of a construction company and by building it themselves, it would also showcase their professional capabilities. Save this picture!© Marc TeySave this picture!DiagramSave this picture!© Marc TeyThe house sits on an L-shaped site with a narrow and unassuming frontage; On all sides it is surrounded by neighbouring homes. Further in and on a slight rise, the bulk of the land is not visible from the entrance. Most local home buyers would regard the uneven terrain, narrow frontage and lack of prominence as a disadvantage. The architect saw an opportunity in using the terrain to camouflage the bulk of a large house, and the lushness of a secret garden to screen it from prying eyes.Save this picture!© Marc TeySave this picture!1st Floor PlanSave this picture!© Marc TeyAs the spatial and functional requirements were substantial, the architect positioned over a third of the house into the rising land profile, effectively hiding this mass by leveraging on the unique site. The perceived ground floor was set one level above. It allowed for greater privacy from the entrance road and a ‘plateau’-like terrace to compose the rest of the living spaces and gardens.Save this picture!© Marc TeyVisitors are welcomed into the house via a granite cave entrance leading to an ‘underground’ lobby. The prominence of a steel and glass spiral staircase leads visitors up to the living room. The owners had liked the idea of detaching the living and dining spaces and surrounding these by pools and gardens. This ‘plateau’ ground level was planned to be a space that blended indoor and outdoor, soft-scape and hard-scape. It was to be one-space, with several programs, rather than many spaces with determined boundaries and fixed functions. Trees planted heavily around the perimeter form a very private enclosure. Visually secure from outside, the ground plain architecture could then be open and transparent without the owner’s privacy being compromised. Save this picture!© Marc TeyConceptually, the above ground architectural composition is of two rectangular travertine blocks sitting on slender pilotis. The blocks are connected at the second floor by an enclosed bridge floated above the ground plane. A ribbon window cuts around the travertine stone façade. Adjustable vertical timber louvers lined strategically along this band of windows shield the glazing and regulate how much sunlight reaches the interior, as well as ensuring privacy when required.Save this picture!© Marc TeyAn outdoor living deck and roof garden tops-off the composition, and is usefully spacious enough for social gatherings and parties. The deck’s facing is angled to enjoy views to scenic Bukit Timah Hill, the highest point in Singapore.Save this picture!© Marc TeySave this picture!Attic Floor PlanSave this picture!© Marc TeyBasic architectural principles of orientation, thermal mass, sun-screening and natural ventilation are fundamental to the design. It is a house designed for the tropics, expressed by modern materials and contemporary aesthetics. Every floor is designed to be cross-ventilated. Primary to the design ethos are that breezes are to be encouraged and unhindered. In the basement, air flows through the large cave-like garage opening, through the timber slatted lobby and exits via a sizable sunken garden courtyard at the rear that is open to the sky. Above ground, the lifted bedroom blocks are kept passively cool by layers of masonry, air cavities, travertine stone cladding, roof gardens and pergolas. Windows cut heat entry via low-emission glass and timber sunscreens filter the strong tropical sunlight, and transform it into a pattern of light and shadows that play into the interior spaces. Skylights further animate the experience in the course of the day through ever-shifting shafts of light. When the situation necessitates, the entire home can be closed off to tropical rain storms or the haze from pollutive burning.  Save this picture!© Marc TeyThe environment engifts you when there is respect and collaboration with both its strengths and weaknesses. In spite of being on an intensely urbanized island with one of the highest population densities in the world, the house recaptures what it is to privately enjoy living in the tropics, with its lushness, vibrancy and beauty ensconced in a secret garden.Save this picture!© Marc TeyProject gallerySee allShow lessSND Cultural & Sports Centre / Tianhua Architecture Planning & Engineering Ltd.Selected ProjectsParihoa / PattersonsSelected Projects Share Architects: Wallflower Architecture + Design Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses Secret Garden House / Wallflower Architecture + DesignSave this projectSaveSecret Garden House / Wallflower Architecture + Design ArchDaily Photographs Save this picture!© Marc Tey+ 41 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/797754/secret-garden-house-wallflower-architecture-plus-design Clipboard CopyHouses•Singapore Projects “COPY” Year:  Photographs:  Marc Tey Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Singapore ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/797754/secret-garden-house-wallflower-architecture-plus-design Clipboard “COPY” 2015 Secret Garden House / Wallflower Architecture + Design CopyAbout this officeWallflower Architecture + DesignOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSingaporePublished on October 24, 2016Cite: “Secret Garden House / Wallflower Architecture + Design” 24 Oct 2016. 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Nussle corrects bankers’ bad FOM info to Hill’s tax policymakers

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote to national tax policy leaders Tuesday to refute bankers’ “willful misunderstanding” of why and how credit unions exist and operate.Nussle’s letter to Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committee leadership came as a response to a Feb. 5 letter from the American Bankers Association involving the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) field-of-membership (FOM) proposal.“The NCUA proposal that the bankers are so concerned with would further facilitate the fulfillment of the credit union mission. It would update current rules that are outdated and filled with burdensome processes and requirements. The proposal is clearly within the scope of the Federal Credit Union Act, which gives the NCUA board authority to promulgate implementing regulations.“In our view, the proposal is not only well within the scope of the law but it does not go nearly as far as regulations, which were on the books between 2003 and 2010, and as we outline in our comment letter on the proposal, we believe NCUA could go much further to facilitate consumer access to credit unions than they have,” Nussle added. continue reading »last_img read more

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Nedo Pinezić: The destination has become a “hotel”

first_imgTourist destination – a destination today, operates on the principle of a reputable hotel, once..Arthur Hailey’s novel “Hotel” is one of the best readings that describes life, the “living being” of a reputable hotel that once boasted impeccable service in all segments. Those were the times when staying in such a hotel was a special experience. Each hotel in the 19th and 20th centuries had its clientele, its guests. Staying in a status hotel was not possible, it was not available to everyone. The hotel staff, on the other hand, had the mission of pleasing every guest, smoothing out any disagreement, defending the hotel and its guests from any inconvenience. The hotel was supposed to look neat, tidy, down to the last detail at all times. All services at the hotel had to be at the same level of excellence. In short, the hotel staff was part of a special experience. If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend it.DestinationA tourist destination, a destination, was and remains a place of special value. This value is based on climatic benefits, natural beauty, historical, cultural attractions, urban life rhythms or relaxing rural “slow motion”… Destinations have also developed with the development of tourism. Services that once could only be found in a hotel or in a hotel district, are now offered at every turn. Restaurants, bars, cafes (cafes), pastry shops, hairdressers and massage parlors, pedicures, manicures… long ago “came out” of the hotel and occupied the squares and streets of the tourist place. 21st century destinations are increasingly copying each other, so the availability of colorful content is no longer limited to the most famous destinations.Role changeTourists’ habits are changing. They stay in one place shorter and shorter. The mobility of the modern traveler is his trademark today. Get to know the world, visit all continents, feel the rhythm of life of the domicile population, “merge” with the local lifestyle, taste authentic food, walk the streets, bike through nature, paddle lakes, sail the seas… new travelers increasingly difficult to “hold the place”. When traveling, modern tourists want to stay in accommodation for as short a time as possible, spending most of the day exploring the destination. The destination became a “hotel”.Hotel, Arthur Hailey / Source: Etsy.comDestination management organizationIf the destination is a “hotel”, then the functioning of the destination is adjusted to the hotel model. Thus, “hotel rooms” are scattered throughout the destination along the streets that have replaced the hotel corridors. The squares are new lobbies, new lobbies, the tourist board is the reception, the utility company is the technical service of the “hotel”, restaurants and bars are located in all parts of the “hotel” destination. Various service activities, beaches, beaches… everything works within this “hotel”. At the head of such a complex system is the most experienced and capable hotelier, hotel director, mayor. All members of the “management board” are subordinated to him – “hotel detective” (chief of police), “head of technical service” (director of the utility company), “head of food, beverages and services in tourism” (head of the administrative department for tourism), “chief sports and recreation “(director of the municipal company for management of beaches and sports facilities),” head of reception “(director of the tourist office of the Tourist Board),” head of entertainment “(director of the cultural center),” heads of households “(hosts of family accommodation, management agencies real estate, owners of accommodation facilities)… The “Director’s” day begins with a tour of all “hotel” sectors and a short conversation with the bosses. On Mondays, they hold a course where they discuss the announcements of upcoming events in the destination and check all the tasks and procedures related to it. It is really easy to understand the modern needs in destination management when compared to the functioning of a reputable hotel.Can a destination in Croatia be managed efficiently?Imagine a situation in a hotel when the head of the technical service does not carry out the orders of the head of the reception on troubleshooting, or that, say, the head of food, beverages and services in tourism does not have the ability to organize gastronomy according to guest requirements. What kind of hotel manager would he be when he couldn’t do anything about frequent complaints from guests about broken showers at the pool, dirty deck chairs on the beach and torn plants because the head of the technical service and horticulture “is not competent”, “there are no people or funds” “Fix it? Or that a hotel detective can’t stop the noise of alcoholic guests in the wee hours? Or let’s say the head of entertainment organizes a theatrical play by the pool while a pop music concert takes place on the terrace? A hotel cannot function in a way that “the left does not know what the right is doing”. The hotel manager cannot escape the problem, he is expected to solve every problem in the hotel. That’s why the hotel manager is in charge. Everyone listens to him. He is in charge of everyone, he signs everyone’s salary. He hires and fires people. He is the most responsible person in the hotel. Not every accommodation is a hotel, nor is every hotel respectable. Not every place, village, city, tourist destination. It can be a tourist place, a tourist city but not a reputable tourist destination. If there is no firm and efficient administration.The destination became a “hotel” – Nedo PinezicHow to achieve efficiency in destination management?When you decide to take over a hotel, you need to know how it must function in order to be successful. Of course, the “management of the company”, the state government, must be aware of the limitations in the efficient management of tourist destinations. If you want efficiency then you have to “lower” responsibility and authority to the level of the collective. The hotel cannot be managed efficiently “remotely”, the destination cannot be managed effectively without decentralization. The “director” of the “Destination Hotel” must have at his disposal the authority to manage services vital to the functioning of the destination and sufficient money to pay the costs. Decentralization of tax revenues (eg VAT, excise duties) and revenues from sojourn tax and tourist membership fees would certainly help to better manage all sectors of the “hotel”.We all live in a “hotel”Residents of the destination are well-trained employees of the “hotel” who in a period of low occupancy attend various specialist courses to improve their skills and acquire new knowledge. The management of the “hotel” stimulates us with various benefits to raise the level of its service, to offer something new, innovative. On the contrary, we get to know the structure of our guests, their habits and needs. The “reception” helps us with that, so we are ready to welcome guests who are pleasantly surprised by our approach. It’s nice to live in a “hotel”. It’s nice to hang out with people from all over the world. In this way, we experience something new, we enrich our lives with new knowledge, exchanges of experiences, new acquaintances and friendships. Thanks to efficient management, our “hotel”, although small, provides living comfort like big houses. We lack nothing. We have an enviable standard of living. We are happy that the “hotel” chose us as its associates and that the guests appreciate our hotel. It makes us all happy. In the “hotel” we are all like one family.Hotel 2Arthur Hailey is unfortunately no longer with us. Someone else will have to write a sequel to the novel “Hotel 2”. Perhaps the plot of this novel will take place in an emerging tourist destination that is gradually transforming from an inn into a reputable hotel. In fact, short stories on the subject are already being written. A serious novel requires character characters and a beginning that leads to a meaningful ending. For now, it’s hard to find an inspiring setting, but maybe someone is inspired by Hailey’s novel, maybe it’s some little-known place until yesterday that will shine with new splendor. Who knows ?Published by: Nedo Pinezićlast_img read more

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