Wood and Steel forms the bonds of a family
Having your own space is rather important when it comes to being in a large family. Everyone deserves their own little private area to let loose and be one self.
Ar. Hew Tze Onn was tasked with creating just that for a family of six in a hi-rise condominium situated in an affluent part of Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. The owners with their teenage three daughters and a son, are a close knit family, even though the parents are away most of the time, the family do enjoy the company of each other when they are together. The family also loves to entertain so an open and large enough space was required in their home.
The task was to create individual space for privacy and common areas when they are together in a 4,000 square feet open space. Having worked with the owners before on other projects, Ar. Hew knew from the very start what the owners wanted. Running deep in the owner’s veins from their work, a strong passion for wood steel has to be incorporated with the design. The brief was simply yet daunting as to how to demarcate each area without putting up walls. So, three areas were identified. An open entertaining area forms the first square where the use of a large off-white settee an a few loose wooden chairs to demarcate the living room. The second square is the play and entertainment area. The design is a timber cube with the floors elevated like a stage. The family loves to entertain so a rather large dinning area forms the third area where the clever use of the Bulthaup stainless kitchen from Xtra which closes away when not in use and a timber dinning table with a long wood bench paired with loose chairs.
The sleeping quarters are hidden away and the only thing that suggest there are secret rooms there are the hidden LED lights that lights up a passage way made out of steel and lights. Each room has been customized for the different individual’s lifestyle. One room has the girly feel where floral motifs and lively colours are used. The next room has a feminine feel with blocks of greys and purple walls with shelving to display and organize her belongings. The third room is for the practical daughter who optimizes her space with an open wardrobe. The master bedroom initially shared with their son as the parents travels most of the time, has been completely taken over by him with a mass display of the action figurines and his guitars.
This home was really designed with the children in mind as they are the ones living in it most of the time. Whenever the parents are around, the family bonds and shares many intimate moments together.
Desigers – Ar. Hew Tze Onn
FB – tohewarchitect