Basic Malaysian Liaison House transformed into award-winning arts abode

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House No. 100 may look like the other neighboring houses on the outside, but it is the inside that gives it character and a mark of distinction.

In fact, the house won a gold medal in the Interior Design category at the 2022 PAM Awards held earlier this year.

Located in the Mansions, an exclusive gated community in Desa ParkCity, Kuala Lumpur, the six-bedroom house sits on top of a hill, giving it wide views of the community’s clubhouse and swimming pool.

A project by DRTAN LM Architect completed in 2019, the house was originally a two-and-a-half-storey linked design with a 357 m² plot.

After the remodel, it now has a buildup of 650 sq ft, with additional lower floor space that even houses a half-size basketball court.

The facade of House No. 100, which was originally a two-and-a-half-storey design.“This was an interior design and remodel project for an existing bare standard developer home in an upscale enclave.

“The client wanted a comfortable, warm and special home that could accommodate all of his family’s needs, including having a (half) basketball court on the lower level of the house.

“The house is located on a slope, which gives us the possibility of adding two new levels below. Our concept was to transform the rather austere and cold interior space into a warm and voluminous house through the use of woodwork and natural raw wood paneling, and also to turn the stairs into a piece of sculptural art to tie all the different floor levels together.

“This, along with proper lighting, gives the space a warm amber glow and showcases the art within,” explained architect Dr. Tan Loke Mun.

One of the most notable features of the house is the 10m wide double volume rectangular box that encompasses the main living areas on the ground floor.

The reason for this feature is to enhance the large space by reworking it into a kind of “handcrafted wood paneled amber jewelry box”.

The 12-seater teak dinette table and industrial steel kitchen bar at House No. 100 in Kuala Lumpur.The 12-seater teak dinette table and industrial steel kitchen bar at House No. 100 in Kuala Lumpur.“We wanted a large living space with full-height glazing at one end that encompasses all of the living areas in the house – dry and entertaining kitchen, dining room and living room,” Tan said.

Centerpiece “Floating”

Large vertical fins and teak plywood shelves wrap around the main living areas, adding character to the space.

Strip lighting has been integrated into the back of each pleat panel to illuminate and create a golden amber glow over the wood framed sculpture.

Perhaps what anchors the entire home and forms a pleasing aesthetic is the white steel rod hanging staircase that seems to float like a piece of modern industrial art.

“Using steel rods to suspend a sculptural staircase has been a distinctive element in many of our projects.

The white steel rod hanging staircase appears to float like a piece of modern industrial art.The white steel rod hanging staircase appears to float like a piece of modern industrial art.“Steel is tensile so it should be used in a way that shows its best quality.

“In this project, we meticulously detailed the stairs and painted them a glossy white to make them appear to be floating in space.

“Thus, the staircase, which is an essential functional element, has the chance to be more than just a staircase, but also constitutes a centerpiece of the house for all to admire,” added Tan.

Contemporary touch

The large 12-seater teak dining table and the industrial steel kitchen bar which combined, providing a warm and elegant space for meetings, suits the high ceiling of the house.

The textured neutral gray marble floor finish completes the look for a contemporary touch.

The master bedroom is designed with a long row of mirror-lined walk-in closets.

This slim profile lends an elegant feel to the space, while specially selected raw materials add to the purity of the surfaces and enhance the ambiance through the use of glass and light.

The sleeping area has a warm toned finish, perfect for relaxing after a long day, while the master bathroom has a modern minimalist feel with calacatta (white marble) finishes around the shower alcove.

The master bathroom has a modern minimalist feel with calacatta (white marble) finishes.The master bathroom has a modern minimalist feel with calacatta (white marble) finishes.

The lighting of the whole house is completely energy efficient.

Configurable LED modules offer a lot of flexibility, aesthetics and functionality as they can be easily adjusted to achieve the optimum lux level and color temperature to meet different space functions.

In addition to long-lasting LED lamps, the use of low VOC (volatile organic compounds) and odorless paints, varnishes and coatings, certified wood and plywood and high recycling content steel, are among the other sustainable aspects. .

Overall, House No. 100 exemplifies a play of volumes and surfaces, where golden teak wood grain and polished stainless steel converge to reveal a bright, contemporary and abstract interior space that meets the needs of a modern young family.

With these design features, the message the architect wants to convey is that “every home or space can be transformed into something great”.

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