City&Country: My Dream Home 2010-- Living the dream

To create a home that refreshes the soul and takes away the stresses of life is one reason the six winners of the haven/The Edge My Dream Home Awards 2010 stood out for the judges. This is the fourth instalment of the awards organised by haven and The Edge in association with Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) and Institut Perekabentuk Dalaman Malaysia (IPDM). haven is a bi-monthly interior design and gardens magazine published by The Edge.

The contest ran from April to May 2010, calling for entries in four categories — terraced, detached/semi-detached, condominium and a new category this year called My Green Home, which recognises sustainable and green methods used in building or renovating the house.

There were two joint Gold winners, one Honorary Mention and one Mention in the detached/semi-detached category while the terraced category saw one Gold winner and one Honorary Mention. There were no winners in the condominium category this year.

The Gold award for the terraced category went to Lim Sue May’s Subang Jaya SS17 home, designed by Chan Mun Inn of Design Collective Architecture Network Sdn Bhd with interior decorator Wong Pei San of Essential Design Integrated Sdn Bhd.

“Winning this award would not have been possible if not for the coordination between the owner and architect,” says Lim. “It was mutual understanding that led to this result.”

The home of architect Azuan Zakariah in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, was given an Honorary Mention.

“I feel especially proud to be the owner and designer of the home myself because of the effort that went into the whole process of recreating the space,” he says.

The first joint-Gold awardwent to Anthony Leong and wife Wong Yun Cheng for their 1960s Section 7 home in Petaling Jaya. Designed by architect Dr Tan Loke Mun of Archicentre Sdn Bhd, the charming house was an amalgamation of the old and new.

“We wanted to keep the old charm of the house as old houses were built with passion. So we wanted to keep that,” says Wong. “But we also wanted a modern villa. So our house has both the old and the new and there is a sense of openness. So it is really our dream house.”

In addition to winning the Gold award, the house also bagged the inaugural My Green Home Award.
The green elements included retaining most of the original structure and retro-fitting to create a courtyard home that maximises cross-ventilation and natural light. Furthermore, original fittings and spaces were restored and reused in a significant part of the bungalow.

The other joint-Gold winners were Francis Lee and Yap Poh Lean for their palatial Shah Alam house in Kelab Golf Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, designed by Wooi Lok Kuang of Wooi Architect Sdn Bhd.
“This award is the result of the architect’s unusual ideas,” Lee says. “We had to source for the timber, ebony for example, from our travels. My son lives at home the most and he finds it nice and comfy.”

The home belonging to Chin Sing Choy and Ng Foi Yee in Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, won the Honorary Mention. It was designed by Kiat Tung of T&T Architect Associates.

“I’m happy and overwhelmed as I didn’t expect to win,” Chin says. “It is an appreciation of all the hard work put in.”

Adds Kiat, “It feels good. I was quite surprised as the competition this year was stiff. With the introduction of the Green Building Index standards, I expect more green home entries next year.”

Vincent Lee’s home in Section 5, Petaling Jaya, for which he was also the architect, won a Mention in this category. He transformed his 1-storey bungalow into a 2-storey house with a rooftop pool.

“What I set out to do was to build a modern home with sensitivity to the environment,” Lee says. “I set out to make a home and I am happy to have made it happen within a budget.”

The Edge editor-in-chief Dorothy Teoh notes how home designs are trending toward a green agenda. “More and more of the home designs mirror a deliberate attempt on the part of homeowners, architects and designers alike to go green,” she says.

The judges for this year’s competition were Boon Che Wee, president of PAM; Mohd Suhaimi Mohd Fadzir, president of IPDM; Winnie Loo, chief creative director of A Cut Above; Au Foong Yee, editor of haven and executive editor of property and retailing at The Edge; and Lim Shiew Yuin, deputy managing director of The Edge.

The prizes for the winners were business class air tickets to Phuket sponsored by The Edge (Gold award winners), vouchers from Art Village, IKEA, House of Presentation, Metrojaya and Slumberland, and flowers from Amtrol.

The full details of the homes and the winners can be found in the August/September issue of haven, which comes free with this issue (Aug 2) of The Edge.

Category: Detached/Semi-detached

Location: Section 7, Petaling Jaya
Owners: Anthony Leong and Wong Yun Cheng
Architect: Dr Tan Loke Mun of Archicentre Sdn Bhd

altBuilt in the 1960s, this old bungalow with a modern 2-storey attached villa has a combined built-up of about 5,500 sq ft. It oozes the charm and style of a bygone era. The house retains many of its original fixtures and structural components, which was what the owners desired.

Architect Dr Tan Loke Mun, who was given the brief to retain the original bungalow — from the roof and floor tiles to the metalwork, doors and windows — did just that. He also helped create the modern villa which contains a very large dining room and living room with a series of interconnecting rooms on the first floor.

The home is designed with the idea of future generations living there. This charming home, due to the pains taken to ensure that as much as possible in the house was reused and Tan’s commitment to reusing the original spaces within the home, nabbed the inaugural My Green Home award. Furthermore, the design elements of the house, such as the courtyard, maximise cross-ventilation and natural light.

Category: Detached/Semi-detached

Location: Shah Alam, Selangor
Owners: Francis Lee and Yap Poh Lean
Architect: Lok Wooi of Wooi Architect Sdn Bhd

altOverlooking the grounds of Kelab Golf Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah in Shah Alam, the home of Francis Lee and Yap Poh Lean is akin to a resort. It is huge, with a built-up of 12,000 sq ft on land measuring 10,000 sq ft. With plenty of curves and dramatic architecture, such as the leaf-shaped ceiling of the loft, this house designed by architect Lok Wooi is truly one of a kind.

The use of wood predominates while natural light fills the house. This 3-storey building with a loft took 4½ years to complete and utilised about 50 tonnes of untreated wood sourced from Papua New Guinea. The owners, being suppliers of timber, had no difficulty in sourcing the raw material. Lee and Yap both reside in Papua New Guinea for most of the year but will return eventually and settle into this retirement abode. The house contains five bedrooms, a home theatre, gym, sauna altand steam rooms, and an entertainment floor.

Category: Detached/Semi-detached

Location: Mutiara Damansara, Selangor
Owners: Chin Sing Choy and Ng Foi Yee
Architect: Kiat Tung of T&T Architect Associates

altAfter growing up in a shophouse, homeowners Chin Sing Choy and Ng Foi Yee are happy to have a home that is spacious and tastefully designed. The house, with a built-up of 6,000 sq ft, uses plenty of glass on the eastern side, which allows for copious amounts of natural light. The use of white throughout the house and 12 ft-high ceilings give an expansive feel.

The unique aspects of the house include 12 ft-high veneered panel doors, a cantilevered staircase and an outdoor mural simulating waves created from glass-reinforced concrete.

Architect Kiat Tung convinced the couple to go green even before Malaysia’s Green Building Index came into being. For instance, the cavity walls are 300mm thick with air gaps, while glass panels are solar film-tinted to keep the house cool. There is also a rainwater collection system, and space on the roof for photovoltaic panels if the owners choose to install them in the future.

Category: Detached/Semi-detached

Location: Section 5, Petaling Jaya

Owners: Vincent Lee
Architect: Vincent Lee of Weaver Finch Sdn Bhd

altA 1-storey house with a built-up of 2,000 sq ft located in an old part of Petaling Jaya was transformed by homeowner and architect Vincent Lee into a 2-storey, 5,000 sq ft house with a rooftop pool.

Having lived there since 1990, Lee gave his house a fresh look by creating a double volume lounge area for better ventilation and added angled aluminium louvres on the first floor to prevent the harsh rays of the sun from coming in.

Water features help control the temperature of the home while the flat roof is coated with Nasa-derived thermo-shield insulation.

With the land area measuring 6,800 sq ft, the garden is landscaped with trees that when mature will provide the house with welcome shade.

Category: Terraced

Location: Subang SS17,Selangor
Owners: Lim Sue May  
Architect: Chan Mun Inn of Design Collective Architecture Network Sdn Bhd
Interior designer: Wong Pei San of Essential Design Integrated Sdn Bhd

altArchitect Chan Mun Inn radically removed the walls and part of the first floor of the 22ft by 75ft,
2-storey house to allow visitors to see its entire length at a glance and create a double-volume setting. Part of the ceiling on the top floor was removed and transparent roof tiles were installed to allow an abundance of daylight and moonlight.

Equally impressive is the courtyard, which features a vertical garden of 350 plant species. Removing parts of the original layout reduced four rooms to 1½ and opened up the space, giving the house a bungalow or loft feel.

White predomina
alttes, heightening the sense of space, says interior designer Wong Pei San.

Category: Terraced

Location: Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Owners: Azuan Zakariah
Designer: Azuan Zakariah of Azuan Architect Sdn Bhd

altAn unassuming 1-storey house in the popular Taman Tun Dr Ismail hides a gem within. Owner and architect Azuan converted a high-roof incline in the original design into additional space which now houses a bedroom and an outdoor laundry area.

To maximise natural light, there is a skylight, strategically positioned windows and an exposed internal courtyard, which also provides good ventilation. The 3,000 sq ft home was given higher ceilings by removing the plaster ceiling and Azuan cleverly interconnected the external and internal spaces by introducing an understated wooden terrace that serves to link the porch to the lounge.

altDifferent design components have been used to good effect, such as white epoxy, concrete and steel finishes along with unvarnished wood. A cosy home that fits the adage “good things come in small packages”.

This article appeared in City & Country, the property pullout of The Edge Malaysia, Issue 817, Aug 2-8, 2010

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