The Indo-Pacific region is blessed with endless cultural diversity, scenic beauty, and experiential delights; all one needs to truly enjoy them is an equally exceptional place to stay.
Neri&Hu inserted a dramatic courtyard into a rigid structure to create a moment of tranquillity at Alila Bangsar, a hotel sandwiched between Kuala Lumpur’s old and new.
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.