Among the other houses along Jalan Seaview in Katong, Singapore, is an impressive building that looks more like a work of art than a home. Jalan Seaview House, better known as Stiletto House, it stands out from its neighbours for its avant-garde design that is moulded by grand curves and fluid waves.
Stiletto House on Singapore’s Jalan Seaview. Photo: EHKA Studio
Designed by EHKA Studio, the house, owned by retired businessman Robin Yeo, has been lauded by many publications for its focus on design while also making smart use of its space.
So what else do we know about this luxurious, sculptural home?
It was named Stiletto House for its stiletto-shaped columns
Stiletto House shows off the columns that give it its name. Photo: EHKA Studio
In a video by CNA, architect Hsu Hsia Pin revealed that his client wanted a “curvy” house. “These curves add something to the space, because they connect things, so you don’t feel an edge. You don’t feel that things stop at a certain position, but they continue to flow on,” he explained.
The pool running down one side of Stiletto House in Singapore. Photo: EHKA Studio
The focus on curves is what led the designers to create stiletto-like columns that support the house’s overhangs, and which eventually inspired the name for the home.
It has five storeys – even if it is located in a two-storey residential neighbourhood
A recessed courtyard at Singapore’s Stiletto House. Photo: EHKA Studio
One of the most remarkable features of the Stiletto House is how it fits 9,300 sq ft of floor area into a 4,500 sq ft plot of land.
A view down on Singapore’s Stiletto House. Photo: EHKA Studio
The house also has five storeys – an impressive feat considering that it is in a two-storey residential zone.
A side view of Singapore’s Stiletto House. Photo: EHKA Studio
The EHKA team was able to manage this by creating a basement for entertainment and an attic above the bedroom suite. According to AsiaOne, the rooms and balconies also pushed to the very edge of Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority’s requirements for setbacks from common boundaries.
The home uses passive cooling strategies to stay cool in tropical Singapore
A night view of the front of Singapore’s shapely Stiletto House. Photo: EHKA Studio
A challenge that EHKA Studio faced when designing the home was the question of ventilation: a home made almost entirely out of glass is certain to get hot, especially in equatorial Singapore.
A curvy courtyard view of Singapore’s Stiletto House. Photo: EHKA Studio
Their solution was to use passive cooling strategies such as large openings for cross-ventilation, overhangs to keep the interiors away from the sun, and the use of low-emission glass that filters out UV rays.
The interior is just as impressive as the exterior
Glass panels also feature heavily inside Singapore’s Stiletto House, such as here with the mezzanine floor. Photo: EHKA Studio
Curves continue within the home, with an impressive spiral staircase made entirely out of steel and glass, which welcomes guests as they enter the home.
The living room furniture in Singapore’s Stiletto House is also stiletto-like. Photo: EHKA Studio
Up the grand staircase is a mezzanine floor done entirely in glass, the idea for which came from the client’s previous home, where he had a glass staircase. EHKA Studio then proposed creating an entire floor in glass – also as a way to make the space feel bigger and to add more light to the lower floors.
Another view of the double-height living room at Singapore’s Stiletto House, showing the design’s artistic touches. Photo: EHKA Studio
Beyond the home’s architectural feats is an impressive collection of art. Displayed around the home are historical artefacts and antiques from around Asia, including a dragon dressing gown owned by a Chinese prince and several silver pots adorned with Burmese dancers.Internet Explorer Channel Network