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Jandabaik Bungalow - Sustainable House Design

Primary type:
Projects & Spaces
Primary style:
tropical
Total dimensions:
1000 m² (Area)
Total cost:
RM4,000,000

Description

The client approached us to design atropical style house on a 1 acre piece of land

(Lot 518) on the hills of Tanarimba, Jandabaik. They requested for

a home that suited the cooler climate of Jandabaik that relied on natural

resources as much as possible.



The question that architects are often plagued with is how does one

build structures in the context of nature without destroying it. How can a

structure use nature as a point of inspiration or reference, how can the

structure lend itself to its natural surroundings without competing with it? On

the superficial level we can use natural materials that blend with the

environment like natural brick walls, off- form concrete and raw timber to

create a context in which architecture and nature can be in harmony. But how

can architecture go beyond just dictating the building form and materiality to

co-exist with nature?



The drive up the winding roads of Jandabaik pointed the direction. The

constant change of views as one moves through the landscape lent to the idea

that one’s experience of nature changes through time and space and elevation.

The distant hills changes in detail, colour and hue depending on the point of

view whilst traversing the landscape and details start to change as the morning

fog gives way to the sun penetrating the canopy of trees in the mid-afternoon.



What if the building becomes the observer of its surrounding much the

same way as nature is observed from different vistas and layers of space? We

decided to explore this possibility by creating spaces that do not seem

constant, that appears to change as one moves through the structure. Views are

captured form different spaces from differing angles to enhance the idea of

movement through the natural surroundings. This then became the point of

reference for the design and layout of the house with the effect of the

building not having any right-angle spaces. It grew organically in form as the

roof accentuated the layering hills in the distance. The organic form of the

plan was also interpreted through the building sections and elevations each

doing its part in celebrating the movement through nature and its surroundings.



The layout of the house was designed to meet the client’s brief of

having 5 bedrooms, living spaces and dining spaces and to take advantage of the

stunning views of the Genting peaks in the distance. The house was designed to

perch on the land by placing it on stilts thus minimising earthworks and

retaining walls and to preserve the existing steep slope and trees on the site

as much as possible. A BBQ terrace was created at the bottom of the site with a

pavilion structure facing a man-made retention pond which also doubled as a

rain-water harvesting tank by installing submersible pumps that circulated the

rain water collected to the irrigation of the 1 acre site.



Apart from using natural raw materials as much as possible, other

sustainable design elements were subtly infused into the building. For example

the client requested for a lift shaft in which they can install a lift if

needed when climbing up the stairs became difficult in the future. This led to

the idea of using the temporary shaft to create a wind chimney that could help

draw in the cool mountain breeze into the house giving rise to its distinct

appearance from front elevation. High-level motorised windows were also

provided to create natural air-movement within the house as it discharges the

hot-air through the folds in the roof. The owners informed us that they never

use the air-conditioners as there is sufficient movement of cool air throughout

the house even in the hot afternoons. The large amount of glazing to capture

the breath taking views meant that sunshade studies needed to be done to ensure

minimum solar gain and glare into the house during the day and this was

achieved by accentuating the roof overhangs especially at the western and

eastern elevations. Natural bamboo found growing on the site was harvested and

designed as bespoke light-poles for the garden. The client has started planting

durians, avocados, and many other fruit trees and organically grown spices for

their own consumption.



It is hoped that the house is a reflection of how one lives with nature,

respects it and make the most of it whilst enjoying nature’s natural law of

constant change.

Photos (26)
  • Living Room MJ Kanny Architect Living room

    Living Room

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    Relationship of the living room in the atrium space with the staircase

  • Dry Kitchen MJ Kanny Architect Kitchen

    Dry Kitchen

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    Opened planned dry kitchen is designed to create the illusion of vastness

  • Dining Room MJ Kanny Architect Tropical style dining room

    Dining Room

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    The dining annex just off the living room.

  • Staircase detail MJ Kanny Architect Stairs

    Staircase detail

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    Steel staircase with timber treads leading from the entry level to the living spaces below

  • Birds eye view of the Jandabaik House MJ Kanny Architect Roof

    Birds eye view of the Jandabaik House

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    The bird's eye view shows the house set in the vast tropical jungle of Jandabaik

  • Front entry facade MJ Kanny Architect Roof

    Front entry facade

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    Picture of the entrance of the house with the carporch

  • Wind chimney detail MJ Kanny Architect Roof

    Wind chimney detail

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    The wind chimney was designed to make of use of a lift shaft that would be fitted in with a lift in the future of needed.

  • Atrium space MJ Kanny Architect Tropical corridor, hallway & stairs

    Atrium space

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    The double volume atrium space detail with high level windows for ventilation

  • Upstairs pantry space overlooking the atrium MJ Kanny Architect Living room

    Upstairs pantry space overlooking the atrium

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    View from the pantry from the entry level with detail of the floating roof

  • Wind chimney slots MJ Kanny Architect Tropical corridor, hallway & stairs

    Wind chimney slots

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    The future lift opening was designed with ventilated brick slots to allow the cool air to be drawn in through the chimney

  • Masterbedroom MJ Kanny Architect Tropical style bedroom

    Masterbedroom

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    Masterbedroom with large sliding windows with views of the mountains beyond

  • Masterbedroom MJ Kanny Architect Tropical style bedroom

    Masterbedroom

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    Detail of the furniture against the custom painted wall wash

  • Masterbathroom MJ Kanny Architect Tropical style bathrooms

    Masterbathroom

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    The masterbathroom was designed to with skylight for plenty of natural light

  • Outdoor water feature MJ Kanny Architect Tropical corridor, hallway & stairs

    Outdoor water feature

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    Bridge linking to the guest rooms

  • Guest room MJ Kanny Architect Tropical style bedroom

    Guest room

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    High ceiling and balconies provided for all the rooms

  • Guest Bathroom MJ Kanny Architect Tropical style bathrooms

    Guest Bathroom

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    High level glass allows light to filter through the bathrooms

  • Facade detail MJ Kanny Architect Tropical style houses

    Facade detail

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    The facade of the house finished in natural brick finish

  • Rear Facade MJ Kanny Architect Tropical style houses

    Rear Facade

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    The rear facade faces the views of the mountain range and are designed with large glazing panels

  • Mountain range view MJ Kanny Architect Tropical windows & doors

    Mountain range view

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    Genting mountain range view from the masterbedroom

  • Walkway MJ Kanny Architect Tropical corridor, hallway & stairs

    Walkway

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    The lower ground walkway leading to the bedrooms are lined with timber trellis and natural bricks

  • Walkway detail MJ Kanny Architect Tropical corridor, hallway & stairs

    Walkway detail

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    The walkway showing detail of the timber trellis

  • Lower-ground balcony MJ Kanny Architect Tropical style balcony, porch & terrace

    Lower-ground balcony

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    Lower ground balcony with views out to the garden below

  • Side facade MJ Kanny Architect Tropical style houses

    Side facade

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    Picture showing the complex angles of the house and the roof

  • Rear Facade MJ Kanny Architect Tropical style houses

    Rear Facade

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    Relationship of the house to the garden below

  • Evening view MJ Kanny Architect Tropical style houses

    Evening view

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    View of the house from the garden below with detail of the lighting

  • Garden MJ Kanny Architect Tropical style gardens

    Garden

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    The off-form concrete building columns and relationship with the garden

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