Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(in collaboration with drtan lm architect) Situated in the upper middle class suburban of Taman Tun Dr. Ismail that was developed in the 80’s, 23 Terrace is a new double-storey terrace house reconfigured in place of its single-storey predecessor. During day, the façade is a typical contemporary terrace house with large openings, glass balustrade and minimalist security door grille and gate. At dusk, the house transforms into a lantern, casting surrealistic shadows on the cement rendered porch. It is a simple design exercise of form follow function where the need of the occupants takes precedence. The el fresco space on the balcony is designed to celebrate the tropical weather, with two-thirds cement rendered floor and a strip of grass just before the frameless glass balustrade. Ten feet high walls flank the entire length of the terrace, with open-faced brick walls bordering the grass strip for privacy and acoustic reasons.