When a home is built, it is done with forever in mind. The home is meant to last a lifetime and even passed on from one generation to another therefore careful consideration is needed to ensure the home checks every box while aesthetically pleasing. This is one such home.
It is a lot easier to name some of the coolest cities from around the world but to name neighbourhoods with some genial factor is a difficult task because there is a misconception that suburbs cater to a certain demographic and is not able to compete with the city vibes. But Lonely Planet quashed that fallacy when in 2017; it published an article that listed some of the coolest neigbourhoods from around the world. Places like Sunset Park, New York, Tooting in London, Business Bay, Dubai and The Triangle, Lisbon were featured and sharing the limelight with these neigbourhoods is Bukit Damansara (Damansara Heights) in Kuala Lumpur.
An affluent suburb, Damansara Heights has (over the years) gone through transformation to become a trendy place to live in, to explore, and to be seen. Among the many upscale properties within the suburb lies Verandah House 8D, which is located on the hillside with views of KLCC Twin Towers. With the surrounding neighbourhood fully developed with large vernacular 2- to 3-storey bungalows, the brief to the architectural & design firm, DRTAN LM Architect required a house for a two generational family with resort facilities and also green sustainable features.
The site comprised a long and narrow lot sloping down from the road by about 10 meters. The long road frontage provided an opportunity to design a 70m long tropical verandah which would be the main façade axis that ties the entire program together from arrival to living and recreation. The verandah material was steel and off-form concrete with sawn timber finish. This was complemented by the raw clay brick boundary wall and above by the metal louvered sun screen that wraps the entire mass of the living spaces. A large insulated overhanging canopy roof covers the entire building providing the necessary shelter and shade.
The pool and resort-like facilities are located at the lower level and supported by the under-croft annexe formed out of raw concrete. The private bedrooms are located on the 1st floor and lower ground floor.
Verandah House is a modern green resort home set in the midst of metropolis Kuala Lumpur.
“This tropical resort home employs an array of green building features including a double-skin breathable louvre system. The long verandah anchors it to the site”
Ar Dr Tan Loke Mun
Principal of DRTAN LM Architect
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