House68 is a family residence in Selangor, Malaysia that embraces tropical living through a series of interconnected living spaces designed to adapt to the changing needs of a growing family.
Malaysian studio Design Collective Architects took cues from tropical architecture throughout the course of the project, introducing pavilion-like components which can be opened up or closed off accordingly to allow not just privacy, but the flow of natural elements – air, water, greenery and light – through the space as well.
Built with a material palette of wood, glass, bamboo and stone, House68 exudes an intimate ambiance despite its impressive, double-height volumes. From the inside one’s line of sight is never far from nature, afforded by the numerous glazings and openings that naturally lead to a spectacular array of outdoor spaces: a water garden, a swimming pool, and numerous landscaped courtyards.
Considering Malaysia’s warm climate, cantilevered roof eaves and shaded terraces were built as “in-between spaces”, bridging the gap between indoor and outdoor living. This, according to the studio, results in a design “where architecture and landscape coexist, sharing the available space and allowing boundaries to be more fluid.”