Located in Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia, this beautiful concrete house is unlike any of its neighboring suburban homes. It stands tall and proud and it has a rather peculiar shape. At the same time, it doesn’t look totally out of place and that’s because it actually started out as just another suburban terrace house. It was Fabian Tan Architects who transformed it into the unique structure it is today. The project was completed in 2020 and consisted of the renovation and extension of the existing house.
The idea behind the project was to transform and expand the house but with minimal intervention to the original structure. The resulting new design as a whole had to be very simple but also bold. The solution chosen by the architects was a very clever one. Their strategy was to design a concrete extension with a raw and exposed finish but to opt for a bold shape, hence the arched roof. This gives the house an interesting aesthetic and also makes the spaces look really cool from the inside.
The extension adds a series of new living spaces allowing the original ground floor to be repurposed. Its huge double doors allow the new living area to be beautifully linked up with the garden and opens it towards the outdoors and nature in a way that the original house was unable to. Furthermore, the vaulted ceiling was cleverly used to create a series of layered spaces which overlook one another and take full advantage of the unique architecture and design of the house.