Interior Design & Architectural Project Info
// The Breath House //
Fixed timber screens line the bridge into the house. Its scale and rhythm speak of solidity yet porosity. It offers a peek into the space beyond the threshold yet keeps unwelcome gazes out. Crossing over, a solitary tree rises upwards from below, indicating habitable space beneath. One senses that the exterior belies the interior.
Breeze flows down freely into the basement through the two strategically placed sunken gardens, forming air and light wells. This strategy befits the basement of habitation with its microclimate enhanced through natural ventilation and daylight. It becomes an extension of the ground plane as the family retreats below daily for work, play, and conversations or for peace and tranquillity. Visibility and connection to adjacent spaces and the ground above are maintained through the voids and sunken gardens. The gaze is for insiders. The heart of the home beats here.
Timber screens become the device to soften solid rendered walls, offer privacy and unify the façade. This house breathes in Malaysia humid weather; it is porous with ample sunlight and ventilation. The seamless flow between living spaces and the indoor garden makes "living with the trees" a second nature for the inhabitants, just as it is for the owner-cum-builder to add this labor of love to his body of work. His love for building is manifested here, where the relationship between nature, architecture, and its inhabitants is experienced and enjoyed daily.