This imposing construction of high concrete walls has been designed by the architect Cherng Yih Lee, who works for the architectural firm FORMZERO, in the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The home was completed in the year 2017 and covers an extensive area of 900 square meters, distributed across its three levels.

Aerial view of the imposing concrete construction

It is located right on the edge of a reserved forest, perfect for those who like to enjoy the outdoors and nature. However, one of the points on which its designers focused was avoiding, at all costs, that the existing windows became the most direct element with which to define the relationship with the outdoor space. When a house is surrounded by other houses, the relationship is immediately blurred by dropping a curtain. The question was … How to restore that relationship with the outer space without compromising the necessary privacy inside?

House surrounded by a perforated concrete wall
Side view of the house with asymmetrical shaped windows
High concrete roof
Interior of the high concrete roof
View of the exterior and its windows
Modern living room with glass and concrete walls
Small living room area full of natural light
Details of the entrance in wood
Sliding windows with window seat
Modern kitchen with dining room in wood and black & white chairs
Stairs in black metal
Internal corridor with wooden floors and concrete walls
Decorative detail
Open bathroom with concrete walls

From east to west, this house is wrapped in an additional layer consisting of a wall of perforated concrete that looks like a shell. In addition to acting as a thermal protection with cross ventilation, the carapace is the first layer to control privacy. Between the house and the concrete framework, several levels of landscape are inserted to create an ambiguous condition that makes the landscape look more like an interior space.

View of the spaces with garden
External night view