Master suite in the tropics by GSD Architecture opens to the outdoors

Tropical architecture, with open-plan master suite, glass walls, central tub, platform bed, ceiling fan

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The master suite on the top level of this house opens to a landscaped terrace complete with a Jacuzzi with its own sheer descent water feature. A timber screen shields the terrace from view, and supports much of the greenery. The house was designed by Leong Yew Kooi of GSD Architect.
Trends editorial director Paul Taylor looks at a bathroom in architect Leong Yew Kooi's own Kuala Lumpur suburban home.

When architects set out to create a private retreat, there is always one part of the house where the idea really comes into its own, and that's the master suite.

In designing a home for his own family, architect Leong Yew Kooi of GSD Architect has ensured the master suite also epitomizes all his ideas about passive design and sustainability.

Leong says that in designing the house he took his cue from nature and tradition.

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Entire glass walls in this master bedroom can be opened so the bedroom is at one with the outdoors. The house was designed by Leong Yew Kooi of GSD Architect.

"The landscaping around the house is like a forest cocoon," he says. "It mimics the wild profusion of a tropical forest, with shrubs, trees and creepers. Much like a traditional Malaysian kampong house, this helps to lower the ambient temperature through evaporation and transpiration, which provides a passive cooling system for the house through cross ventilation."

Lush tropical planting is an integral part of the suite on the top level of the three-story house much of the planting is in an area that forms an open courtyard terrace right in the middle of the suite. Here, Leong has positioned a luxurious Jacuzzi that is open to the elements. Slatted wood screens at the side and overhead provide shade, privacy and support for vines.

The terrace with the Jacuzzi effectively separates the bedroom and the bathroom, while creating a linking device, thanks to extra-large sliding glass doors. The master bedroom can be opened right up to the outdoors on three sides. Similarly the shower is behind a large glass door that can be opened up to the Jacuzzi terrace to reinforce the sense of bathing outdoors.

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Glass walls allow a view right through this master suite, from end to end. The toilet room is positioned near the middle, close to the shower. The house was designed by Leong Yew Kooi of GSD Architect.

"The glass doors allow light to penetrate right into the space," says Leong. "And the visual clarity creates an interplay between interior and exterior it brings the forest garden into the bedroom. The rooms are transformed into open terraces when the doors are opened, blurring the line between inside and out."

Nov 17, 2014

Credit list

Architect
Leong Yew Kooi, GSD Architect (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia)
Builder
GSD (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
Basin
Kohler
Shower stall, taps and shower fittings
Hansgrohe
Bathroomware supplier
Bina Warehouse
Toilet and bidet
Toto
Lighting
Antares Flos Architectural Lighting
Blinds
Felton roller blind from Federlit
Owners
Leong Yew Kooi and Lau Pei Yan
Vanity cabinetry
Ebony veneer with LG Hi-Macs acrylic solid surface vanity top
Bath
Kohler Consonance Whirlpool
Accessories
Bareno Yatin
Hot water systems
Microsolar solar water heater from Solar Research Design
Flooring
Coura solid timber flooring strips
Air conditioning
York
Drapes
Radiance from Rinpoche (M)
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