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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

23 Terrace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by DRTAN LM Architect

 
August 21st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: DRTAN LM Architect

Situated in the upper middle class suburban of Taman Tun Dr. Ismail that was developed in the early 70’s, 23 Terrace is a new double-storey terrace house reconfigured in place of its single-storey predecessor. During day, the façade is a typical contemporary terrace house with large openings, glass balustrade and minimalist security door grille and gate. At dusk, the house transforms into a lantern, casting surrealistic shadows on the cement rendered porch.

The house alit like a lantern, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

The house alit like a lantern, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

  • Architects: DRTAN LM Architect
  • Project: 23 Terrace
  • Location: Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Photography: H. Lin Ho
  • Client: Ong Hean Kheng
  • Design Architect : Dr. Tan Loke Mun
  • Project Architect: Alvin Tham Yee Weng, Mohd. Faidin
  • Contractor: Eco Vision Sdn Bhd
  • C&S Engineers: Perunding L&W Sdn Bhd

The facelift of a single-storey terrace from the 80’s into a double-storey house, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

The facelift of a single-storey terrace from the 80’s into a double-storey house, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

It is a simple design exercise of form follow function where the need of the occupants takes precedence. On the ground floor, the living, dining and kitchen converge in an open concept layout and a suspended split staircase made of steel occupies a minimal part of the living space. The living area has a feature wall of exposed brick wall which is one of the few remnants from the old house. The concrete ceiling is left unplastered to reduce VOC emission. A flexible guest /music room with an attached bathroom is accessible via two large panels of folding-sliding doors.

A contextual view of the new house and its immediate neighbours, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

A contextual view of the new house and its immediate neighbours, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

A strong play of vertical lines on the facade, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

A strong play of vertical lines on the facade, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

The dry and wet kitchens are connected by a long stretch of marble counter top and stainless steel cabinets.  The centerpiece of the dining/living is the bespoke dining table carved out of a slab of suar timber cross section.

On the first floor, the split staircase branches out into the terrace roof garden on one side and the private sanctum on the other on the first floor. This arrangement allows guests to access the open space without compromising the privacy of the master bedroom. The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom set within glass enclosure, which visually amplifies the space.

Dusk brings on the shadow play, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

Dusk brings on the shadow play, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

Floodlit front façade, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

Floodlit front façade, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

The el fresco space on the balcony is designed to celebrate the tropical weather, with two-thirds cement rendered floor and a strip of grass just before the frameless glass balustrade. Ten feet high walls flank the entire length of the terrace, with open-faced brick walls bordering the grass strip for privacy and acoustic reasons.

An intimate view of the Master Bedroom and en suite, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

An intimate view of the Master Bedroom and en suite, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

View of the Living / Dining / Dry Kitchen from the main entrance, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

View of the Living / Dining / Dry Kitchen from the main entrance, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

To optimise indoor air exchange, there are two customised wind turbines combined with steel framed glazed pyramids attached to built-in vents that provide the house with “stack effect” ventilation. A 3-degree differential is enough to spin the turbines by convection.

The new form and height of 23 Terrace are rejuvenating revisions of the 70’s single-storey terrace. It is a baby step towards the greening of the neighbourhood, an attempt to educate the community about the importance of green retrofitting.

An open concept Living / Dining / Dry Kitchen that visually and physically expands a space, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

An open concept Living / Dining / Dry Kitchen that visually and physically expands a space, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

Dining table customised from a large cross section of Suar timber, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

Dining table customised from a large cross section of Suar timber, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

Master bedroom with en suite, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

Master bedroom with en suite, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

Marble top wet kitchen with stainless steel cabinet fittings overlooking the Dining area, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

Marble top wet kitchen with stainless steel cabinet fittings overlooking the Dining area, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

The utilitarian Dry Kitchen counter continues to the back to form the Wet Kitchen, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

The utilitarian Dry Kitchen counter continues to the back to form the Wet Kitchen, Image Courtesy © H. Lin Ho

Image Courtesy © DRTAN LM Architect

Image Courtesy © DRTAN LM Architect

Image Courtesy © DRTAN LM Architect

Image Courtesy © DRTAN LM Architect

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