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Living On Higher Ground

Nestled into the densely populated Malaysian city of Petaling Jaya, Fabian Tan Architect’s Knikno House is a study in carefully managed contradictions. An upper floor clad in grey concrete blocks rests improbably atop an airy, white carport canopy and ground floor, while an interior material palette combines warm timber with cool concrete and reflective surfaces. Deftly reconciling a busy urban context with a pared back, elegant residential typology, the home is a contemporary reimagining of perhaps one of the least contemporary forms possible: the barn. The client, a growing young family, requested a modern interpretation of a barn, a brief that shines through in the home’s two-storey, gabled roof construction. Two gabled structures – one elongated, the other stretched upward to a two-storey height – are arranged perpendicular to one another, forming an uncluttered, ‘T’-shaped plan. Shared spaces comprise the lower, single-storey volume, while the upper storey is dedicated to bedrooms and private living spaces. Rustic stone perimeter walls also evoke the barn typology, and circumscribe the carport and pathway leading up into the house proper. A graduate of the University of South Australia who is now local to Malaysia, Fabian Tan has a rich creative practice that encompasses architecture, furniture, and art. The craftsmanship and strong tectonic and material understanding afforded by the combined practices is evident throughout Knikno House, which blends strong geometry with finely considered details. In the main living space, the joint between a timber-lined inverted gabled ceiling and the top of the white walls is managed with a strip of diffuse, yellow-hued clerestory light that accentuates the ceiling’s warm tones. This careful handling of light is also evident in the polished white floors, which reflect daylight and bathe the interiors in even, natural light. The bright, voluminous space unfurls via full-height sliding glazing into the front garden, which shields the road view, and a rear garden, where a black koi pond and lounge deck provide a private space for reflection and relaxation. Upstairs, timber floorboards and white walls and ceilings invert the visual language of the ground floor, and windows are strategically placed to maximise cross-ventilation. A shared corridor lined with bookshelves connects each of the rooms in sequence and contributes to an air of connectivity and intimacy. Knikno House revels in enabling delightfully unexpected connections between spaces, dragging out sightlines and opening up circulation. On the first floor, a void at the intersection between the two volumes celebrates the articulated gable of the ground floor, allowing the family to peer into the space below. “It is difficult to describe this home in a simplistic sense,” says Fabian, “As its parts seem to mesh with each other, giving multiple repeated descriptions of spaces but hopefully, it will speak for itself in clarity to the present listener.” Fabian Tan Architect fabian-tan.com Photography by Ceavs Chua We think you might also like House W by Atelier About Architecture  abc
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Grow Up Bar In Bali

Ryan Clift is no stranger to making waves in the culinary landscape. He’s done it before in Singapore with Tippling Club by taking on modern food and cocktail pairing – earning a place in the annual Miele Guide compilations of Asia’s Top 20 Restaurants in 2010, 2011 and 2012 – and this year, he’s back at it again in Seminyak, Bali. The recent launch of rooftop bar GROW UP is the perfect complement to his GROW restaurant; with both establishments striving to create a revolutionary food and cocktail concept in Bali with a firm focus on sustainable, artisanal and bespoke elements. With a firm belief in farm-to-table experiences and a key emphasis on using only locally-sourced produce and meats, GROW’s culinary concept goes even deeper with a trifold vision: a sustainable dining concept, chef Ryan’s progression in techniques, and his vision to train and raise the overall standard of his team comprising mainly of Balinese and Indonesian staff. Ryan Clift Grow Up Bar GROW UP’s eclectically and meticulously designed al-fresco terrace is warm and inviting, with a sheltered zone around an interactive bar – with specially picked out furniture that helps to draw the eye upward and beyond to Seminyak’s breezy night view. Clever little touches abound that harks back to Balinese roots and sets the mood; judicious use of wood for its decor and furniture, as well as the rooftop lighting with its minimalistic take on the penjor – a tall, tapered ornamental bamboo pole placed outside Balinese homes and businesses during certain religious holidays as an offer of thanks to the gods. The rooftop bar was conceived as the wayward, wilder sister to GROW restaurant, offering an inspired selection of unique beverages created to trigger past memories through fine flavours and sultry fragrances through pre-dinner and post-meal digestifs. With a cocktail program that’s developed by award-winning Mixologist Yugnes Susela (Smoke & Mirrors, Singapore), it was personally created for Bali’s tropical, classy vibes and includes local ingredients with a blend of high-quality spirits and a range of bitters and garnishes. With drinks paired with exotic names such as Mango Natan, a subtle blend of dark rum, passion fruit syrup, mango purée, lemon juice and basil leaf; Kupu-Kupu – an exuberant concoction of tequila, Cointreau, lime and rose; and the Fla-Min-Grow with dark and light rum, lime, pineapple juice, beetroot and coconut cream – it’s the place for grown-ups with a thirst for the tropics. GROW growbali.com Ryan Clift Grow Up Bar Ryan Clift Grow Up Bar Ryan Clift Grow Up Bar We think you might also like the Dali Munwood Lakeside Resort Hotel by Init Design Officeabc
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Fixed & Fitted

Creating Your Perfect Kitchen

The design team at Siemens is driven by offering engaging and design-lover worthy product experiences at every turn. Seeing the kitchen as a space for life’s more exciting opportunities and believing that the oven is the single most important piece of equipment in your kitchen. The signature Siemens style is truly represented in the Siemens iQ700 range of built-in appliances with intelligent technology presented in the simplest form possible.

The way it looks

Consistent, lean design lines are applied to all pieces in the Siemens range, which means appliances, can be perfectly combined or left to stand alone as feature pieces in a modern kitchen. It’s a philosophy that stretches across all Siemens ovens and companion appliances, so whichever you choose; you’ll find them as easy to use as they are on the eye.

The way it feels

Design is about more than aesthetics of course, and the iQ700 range offers full control at every step of the cooking process, with a superb colour touch-display that anticipates every need at the precise moment. It’s delightfully simple to use, and feels equal parts modern and futuristic.

The way it works

The hero of the iQ700 oven range, as seen above, is not only a fully functional oven but it also includes an integrated microwave, as well as injected steam oven, giving you unprecedented cooking flexibility from a single unit. Plus with a microwave integrated into the appliance, there’s no longer any need to set aside additional kitchen space for a separate appliance. The Siemens brand means the ultimate in built-in ovens, for those whose dream kitchen means a sleek design, as well as the very latest in cooking technology. Siemens siemens.comabc