The enfolding slatted envelope of Damansara House, by Endeavour Land Sdn Bhd, in Kuala Lumpur means that, even when the screens are closed, the views are still open.
At a time when Kuala Lumpur is looking to soaring glass towers as a symbol of its development, Eleena Jamil sees the virtue in a kind of architecture more deeply rooted in place.
The beauty of reclaimed and recycled timber is only partly aesthetic – the knowledge of its former function adds a whole other appeal. Jaz Sidhu visited the island of Langkawi in Malaysia and discovered a home designed by Building Bloc (who’s Desa House is featured in Habitus 18) that generates new life for old timber electricity poles.
Even in Asia, the extended family is giving way to the nuclear family. But there are still architects – and clients – wanting to explore the possibility of housing, if only on a temporary basis, the extended family. Typically, these experiments involve the idea of compound housing.