Villa Otto, nestled in Jervois Hill Singapore, is a nod to the auspicious figure in feng shui. Otto, an Italian for eight, is a sign of wealth or fortune in ancient Chinese culture. The curvaceous interlocking of the house’s two circular pavilions, each with an internal courtyard or atrium in the middle, emphasizes the eighth form and draws light down to the building.
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Due to the transparency of the first and second storeys and the outward thrusting walls and canopies, the villa gives the impression of a spacecraft about to land or to take off. The spacecraft image, supported by the stainless steel cladding, lends the house a spectacular and unique character that also reflects the opulence found within.
The entrance opens to two dining rooms: a massive one to the left for social gatherings and a more modest one to the right for intimate occasions. The latter extends to a living room and lounge, leading out to the pool and barbecue area, where there is a custom-made sculpture acting as a canopy over the semi-submerged pool bar while bespoke fountain bowls pour water into the pool.
The ground floor has two atrium spaces floored with glass tiles, and at the topmost is a sky rooftop, which allows natural light to penetrate the open space through the glass-tiled floor and into the basement. The basement, though hidden, boasts of discreet grandeur with its big underground carpark leading to a basement lounge with a karaoke room, spa, sauna, shower room, bar, wine cellar, and home theatre. The rooftop with its grand entrance is ideal for hosting large parties when the weather is perfect.
The second floor holds the master bedroom, two junior bedrooms, two guest bedrooms, a prayer room, as well as a study and game room. As proof that the property treats personal space as a luxury, the master bedroom stretches across 500 square meters of space, occupying half of the entire floor plate.
The décor, lighting fixtures, tables, couches, and tubs are consistent with the architectural fluidity and display the distinctive curvaceous feature harking to Villa Otto’s eight-figure. The rest of the home exudes Mercurio Design Lab’s infinite creativity: one that is grounded in a design principle emphasizing function, aesthetic, and social meaning. Everything from the landscaping to the exterior to the interiors forms an integrated, singular experience communicating one central idea: an enduring taste of the high life.
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