A suburban terrace house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia owned by a young family who requested for minimal intervention. The approach was to reimagine a form befitting a corner house and to re-purpose the living spaces on ground level.
▼住宅概览，overview © Ceavs Chua
ground floor plan，a triangular ‘break’ form between the existing house and the new volume © Fabian Tan Architect
The new form is intended to be simple but bold; contrasting it with the existing fabric of tropical suburban homes. From plan view, the living spaces were orientated parallel to the site boundary, resulting in a “break” between the original and new spaces. The triangulated “break” acts as a secured ventilated light well, cooling both sides naturally.
▼室内空间在两扇大门敞开后与花园相连，the interior space connects to the garden after two open doors © Ceavs Chua
▼三角“缺口”在既有住宅和拱形空间之间，the triangular “break” is between the existing house and the arched space © Ceavs Chua
▼拱顶平台细部， details of the vault platform© Ceavs Chua
An arch roof extends outwards, creating a vaulted annex that forms the living spaces. The space appears continuous through the extension of the arch and exaggerated further through the materiality of the concrete finish from floor to ceiling. The extension is further enhanced by two large doors that open up to the garden. The uninterrupted perspective from inside out immediately connects the interior with nature.
▼远眺拱顶，overlooking the vault © Ceavs Chua
▼屋顶向外延伸，形成了一个拱形的附属建筑，an arch roof extends outwards, creating a vaulted annex © Ceavs Chua
▼与花园相连的全新生活空间，a new living space connected to the garden © Ceavs Chua
▼从内到外不间断的视觉连续性将室内与自然无缝衔接，the uninterrupted perspective from inside out immediately connects the interior with nature © Ceavs Chua
▼整个空间都充满了层次感，the spaces are layered, creating a hierarchy of space© Ceavs Chua
▼大门打开前后的起居空间，the living space before and after the doors open © Ceavs Chua
▼与客厅仅一墙之隔的通风走廊，an airy corridor separated by only one wall from the living room © Ceavs Chua
▼两层起居空间概览，overview of the two-level living space © Ceavs Chua
▼从平台看向书房，view from the platform to the study © Ceavs Chua
The upper floor sets up a dramatic background with a play of curves and levels. The spaces are layered, creating a hierarchy of space. The study overlooks the living spaces and adjacent, a step-up platform corner for lounging. Behind this is a bedroom overlooking these spaces. The master bedroom connects through a bridge to the outermost floor section of the annex, and much to one’s surprise, an open balcony.
▼可以俯瞰一楼的阁楼书房，an attic study overlooking the first floor © Ceavs Chua
▼从卧室看向书房，view from the bedroom to study © Ceavs Chua
▼卧室，bedroom © Ceavs Chua
▼连接新旧结构的二层走廊，second floor corridor connecting the old and new structures © Ceavs Chua
▼楼梯间，staircase © Ceavs Chua
▼被设计成连续的“S”形的窗户，the windows are designed in a continuous “S” shape © Ceavs Chua
▼带落地窗的拱形平台，an arched platform with French Windows © Ceavs Chua
To counter the heaviness of the concrete vault, openings were carefully carved out on the upper level. For example, the inverted arch window at the side of the vault is drawn as a continuous “S” shape when it meets the front arched opening. Walking through the upper levels, this continuity echoes throughout the spaces as lines of openings and arches meet. Consequently, this rhythmic play of lines within a heavy structure lends to a play of light in subtle ways. Reminiscent of a journey through a cave, perhaps to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
▼从窗外看向室内，view from the outside © Ceavs Chua
▼拱形窗台细部，details © Ceavs Chua
▼一层平面，first floor plan © Fabian Tan Architect
▼正立面，front elevation © Fabian Tan Architect
▼侧立面，side elevation © Fabian Tan Architect
▼剖面图，section © Fabian Tan Architect
Project title: Bewboc House
Architect: Fabian Tan Architect
Built up Area: 3700 sqft
Land size: 5800 sqft
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Photographer: Ceavs Chua
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