The Emerald House blesses the Gowa Lane in Roman Ridge with its magnificent form crafted out of elementary curves and straight lines.
Approaching the building presents a visual experience that is found in its truncated symmetry, textural quality, and colour. It houses lettable office spaces that are carefully programmed to be flexible to space reconfiguration, a basement parkade and grade-level parking spaces, and a cafeteria that is open to building users and the public. This makes the building a semi-public facility that embraces its surrounding community and the activities that take
place around it while creating privacy for tenants at the same time. The design capitalized on the somewhat disadvantageous gradient to plan out accessibility ramps and a main entrance staircase that seamlessly fits within the natural levels of the site and the street. Within its tropical context, the design allows in optimal daylight with wide openings and windows shaded with cavities that are carved into the façade to form an interesting pattern of their own.
The project was a successful blend of a site sensitive design, an exciting form, and a fascinating play between curvilinearity and texture.