The approach to the suburban terrace house was to reimagine a form that befits a corner house and repurpose living spaces on the ground level. This intervention project aims to make the new form simple yet bold, contrasting it with the existing tropical fabric.
The living spaces were orientated parallel to the site boundary, resulting in a ‘break’ between the original and new spaces, which also functions as a secured ventilated light well that cools both sides naturally.
An arch roof extends outwards, creating a vaulted annex that appears continuous through the materiality of the concrete finish from floor to ceiling. This is further enhanced by two large doors that open up to the garden, allowing for an uninterrupted connection with the outdoor.
To counter the heaviness of the concrete vault, openings were carefully carved out on the upper level. This continuity echoes throughout the spaces as lines of openings and arches meet. The rhythmic play of lines within a heavy structure lends a play of light in subtle ways.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
538.8 square metres
Gross Floor Area
343.7 square metres
Fabian Tan Architect
Civil & Structural Engineer
Projurutek Consulting Engineers