“The guiding principle of this remodeling project for a 80s bungalow in Kuala Lumpur is “to remain faithful to the original architect ‘s conception and spirit of the house”. The 70-80s era in the building history is unique that most houses have strong architectural geometric form. It is a sad fact that majority of the buildings from this era were either demolished to make way for the pseudo-Baroque Roman influenced houses of the 90s or the tropic sensitivity of Balinese style architecture in the new millennium. Very few remodeling projects are successful in retaining the characteristics of the original house. One can only reflect on the modernist 30s Frank Lloyd Wright house to realise that this is indeed a far cry from preserving our heritage.
Interlink Design Solutions, one of few Malaysian home grown interior design firms which has managed to stand apart from its peers because of her unique modernist approach to space and material, revived and celebrated the modernist movement by updating this quintessential 80s bungalow to the 21st century.
This house of 4500 square feet was built on 8000 square feet land on a gentle slope. The orientation of the house is special as it does not face the service road but with a 45 degree tilt. It achieves two objectives: first, the width and size of the building was optimised; secondly, it ensures privacy of the occupant. The structure of the building is preserved albeit some minor extension was added. The house was painted in white so that one can appreciate the strong architectural form. Dark aluminium frame glass window were installed through out the house. To complement the modern form, landscape architecture were kept clean. Deliberate use of dramatic Serralunga pots with Zamia cardboard palm became the focal point of the garden. The polyurethane outdoor furniture such as the Jaime Hayon’s organic lounge, Phillip Starck’s Toy chair and Kartell’s nestled coffee table completes the transformation of the exterior to the 21st century.
Description by http://www.homedsgn.com/2012/07/19/hillside-bungalow-remodel-by-interlink-design-solutions/