Don’t let the plain, austere concrete façade of Chempenai House fool you: behind it lies a spectacular home whose understated look hits all the right notes. Located in one of Kuala Lumpur’s affluent Damansara Heights, WHBC Architects designed a concrete egg-crate structure to cover the home’s outer area for privacy, its perforations acting as natural barriers against the harsh tropical sun and monsoons typical of the region.
Entrance to the home is via a bridge flanked with Albizua trees, which opens up to a stunning internal courtyard and its airy double volume deck, a magnificent swimming pool and a view of the open living area through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The four bedrooms are located on the upper level, and the lower level houses the garage. Through the concrete encasement we get glimpses of the refreshing presence of foliage, making this breathtaking home a surprising tropical paradise in the middle of the city. “A seemingly concrete box, it touches the ground lightly, places itself among the trees and encourages the enduring landscape to grow within it,” say the architects.