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3×3 House in Kuala Lumpur
Modern Real Estate in Malaysia design by CL3 Architects Limited, openUU Limited, Lim + Lu Design Limited
21 Jun 2019
3×3 House Kuala Lumpur
Design: CL3 Architects Limited, openUU Limited, Lim + Lu Design Limited
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, south east Asia
William Lim, father of Kevin Lim of openUU, and Vincent Lim of Lim and Lu, invited his sons to design a house together in Kuala Lumpur for his brother. The result, 3×3 House, is a stunning 3 levels house with a central stairwell and atrium that connects 3 distinct functions on 3 levels: Live, Rest and Play.
Set in suburban Kuala Lumpur on a 800sqm corner plot, the design of the 500sqm house started with 2 goals: Comfort and Privacy. To create comfort, it is important to combat the intense solar heat. Inspired by the vernacular Southeast Asian colonial courtyard house, which always contain an internal courtyard to allow hot air to rise to the top, the resulting atrium design makes an internally focused design that gives great privacy to this sub-urban context.
The atrium is occupied by the dining space at the bottom, and has large openings on all 3 levels to visually connect all the spaces. A sculptural stair of glass and concrete forms one edge of the atrium, adding transparency and fluidity to the space, while making the rising and descending steps a visual intrigue.
To further shield the house from heat, the west façade and north-west corner are covered by a layer of vertical aluminum fins which also give privacy to the terraces. An overhanging insulated metal roof provides further shading to the house.
The 3 levels serve 3 distinct functional needs of Live, Rest and Play. On the ground level is the living and dining spaces with a feature bar of brass and marble. The second level contains 4 bedrooms, a family den and a study. The third level is a U shaped open space with the gym on one side and games on the other. A full height glass wall on the north side of the atrium brings in soft daylight to the entire house.
The aesthetics is function driven. A simple interior finishes palette of white washed walls, exposed cement, and wood grained floor tiles makes for easy maintenance.
All material used are drawn from local sources. Besides the central atrium, ceiling fans are used to aid air circulation further. Curtains and blinds further help to cut off solar heat penetration into the house. These passive energy design solutions are applied to this sustainable house, contributing to a quite sanctuary from the contemporary Asian lifestyle.
3×3 House in Kuala Lumpur – Building Information
Completion: May 2018
Address: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Area: 500 sqm
Design Team: CL3 Architects Limited, openUU Limited, Lim + Lu Design Limited
Photography: Nirut Benjabanpot
3×3 House in Kuala Lumpur images / information received 210619
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, southeast Asia
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