“It’s a transition space,” says Chan. “You don’t feel as if you’re inside or out. You can’t clearly see the boundaries of the house."
”On the other side of the brick wall are the living spaces, with much more transparency and openness on the back facade.
“This facade fits around existing trees and has a sophisticated palette of finishes – a mixture of concrete, glass, clay brick wall and bamboo railing.” The fair-face concrete was cast on site and used for the main building components such as the facade wall, roof, columns and beams, while clay bricks were used for internal dividing walls.
“All these surfaces were left raw, rather than plastered, so they require less maintenance and will have a longer life.
”The owner occupies half of the ground floor, while the rest of the space is given over to four guest rooms on the first floor and shared facilities such as the ground floor kitchen enclosed in a glass box. Both floors include outdoor, multi-functional gathering spaces.
“We tried to break away from the usual concept of how people perceive a house,” says Chan. “We wanted to reconfigure the internal spaces so there would be enough flexibility to blend with the exterior.”
Chan Chin Yeow, CY Chan Architect
Fair faced concrete panels
Fair faced concrete panels; bare clay brick
Malaysian Institute of Architects PAM Award 2017 - Single Residential - Gold, PAM Award 2017 - Building of the Year Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) – International Finalist
Reinforced concrete roof, cast in-situ
Cement render; laminated timber in bedroom
31 May, 2018