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But an ongoing issue is the tension between architects and their clients as to who decides the ‘meaning’. There is always a tendency for architects to ‘over-design’ in order to control the ‘meanings’ 37 embodied in the home. The problem with this is that the meanings are the architects’ meanings, not those of the people who will be living in the home. This is not a sustainable way to go about things. Happily, the houses in this book exemplify a trend towards a sustainable collaboration between architect and client.

The first of the three pavilions on the street side is selfcontained, with a living room and study on the ground floor and the master bedroom and bathroom on the second storey. 54 Entry to the house is down a path past the study and through a courtyard and down the outside flank of the grand living and dining space, giving the visitor initial views through to the garden. It is also an introduction to the clients’ extraordinary art collection, which is not so much displayed as blended into the spaces it inhabits.

First, unlike Western houses where walls were important both as enclosures and as supports for the roof, the vast majority of traditional tropical houses consisted largely of a platform 32 supported by piles and a dominant roof, with only token walls made from perishable natural materials like palm fronds. Secondly, the house, typically occupied by a number of related families, combined habitation and ritual. Indeed, ritual often predominated, meaning that there was less of a need for separate places or buildings for worship or public functions.

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