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  6. House at Glenhill Saujana / Seshan Design

House at Glenhill Saujana / Seshan Design

  • 22:00 - 15 June, 2015
House at Glenhill Saujana / Seshan Design
House at Glenhill Saujana / Seshan Design, © Rupajiwa Studio
© Rupajiwa Studio

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  • Project Team

    Azlan Syarawi, Jeslyn Ko, Amin Madhadzir, Ramesh Seshan
  • Main contractor

    SmartHome Construction Sdn Bhd
  • Interior / Specialists steelworks and cladding contractor

    Kiara Orbit Sdn Bhd
  • Original Architect

    YWK Consultants Sdn Bhd - Ar. Chai Chin Foo (signing architect)
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© Rupajiwa Studio
© Rupajiwa Studio

Text description provided by the architects. We were actually recommended to the clients by our friends who are also architects but were too busy to take on the jobs themselves. The clients had already started building the house  but after a while they  had started to  search for another Designer/Architect to take the project to a new level and achieve the new ideas the clients had envisioned.

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© Rupajiwa Studio

The clients' earlier house was built in the Tropical Balinese resort look which was popular about 15  years ago.   For the new house, the clients wanted something different so they attempted to build the  house in the  currently popular raw/industrial look with fair face concrete and fair face brick wall elements.   But the clients (Captain Lee in particular) also had an affinity of all things retro and vintage. He was based in China for work and thus had access to a lot of retro products. He even brought back a vintage World War II Russian  motorbike with side car!

© Rupajiwa Studio
© Rupajiwa Studio

So they wanted the house to  have a fairly retro theme (or themes as it turned out!) to it, especially for the interiors.  We met, took the clients to see some of our ongoing projects and we hit it off!

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© Rupajiwa Studio

When we were brought in, the house was already complete structurally – all the concrete structure, roof and most walls were done. The windows were not in yet – they were enroute from China! - the client  had really good quality double glazed windows and doors ordered and manufactured in China and sent to Malaysia to be installed by the main contractor here.  We made a trip to Guangzhou as well to meet up with the supplier and check out what other cool building materials/ components we could get from there.

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© Rupajiwa Studio

We had to assess the house as a whole, if possible try not to change too much unless it was really necessary to make the spaces work better.  Clients had already engaged a kitchen specialist to sort out the dry and wet kitchens. We re-looked at all the spaces, adjusted some walls here and there, redid the entire electrical and lighting layouts, redesigned all the bathrooms, and also proposed additional elements such as railings, screens, panelling, custom lights and other architectural devices.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

The really best part of this project was we had really quirky clients(!!) who like so many different things and anything could be possible!  And the fact that the clients had access to getting fairly exotic components sourced and manufactured quite inexpensively from China made it all the more appealing! 

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© Rupajiwa Studio

There was no one real underlying concept per se for this house but the client ended up themeing different parts/areas of the house.  The design of the house also evolved from ideas and discussions going back and forth between us and the client.  Either the clients or us would come across something  interesting – like something we saw in a magazine/online or they in a shop in china ,and we'll start sending pics to each other and be like “this is cool!!! lets do this!!!”  - that's pretty much the design process!!!

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© Rupajiwa Studio

The interesting thing is, the house could actually take the variety and ecclecticness of it all. It became a house  which was very rich in content.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

The first floor outdoor lounge and bar, was  envisioned by the clients as a marriage of both colonial and classical Hong Kong themes . The black and white intervals of the bamboo blinds portrays the colonial influences in Malaysia , whilst custom cut geometrical ceramic tiles and symmetrical Chinese influenced railings in black lines three sides of the lounge. The client managed to source for old barber chairs as the bar stools and we re-jigged an existing vintage cabinet he had into a bar cabinet.

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© Rupajiwa Studio

The top floor was orignally inspired to look like Mies Van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion and we had the idea to actually make his wardrobe door panels  out of the  signature travertine used in the Barcelona Pavilion so they became the backdrops to the rooms. After developing the design and sorucing the material, it turned out to be too expensive and complicated a feat. So we decided to scrape the idea.

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© Rupajiwa Studio

Captain Lee then came across a wardrobe supplier in China who could print full size graphics on  wardrobe doors so thats when he got the idea of printing custom graphics on them! So in the end the children's love for music was aptly represented by these built in wardrobes with large silhouettes of the two great music legends - Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison!! We dug up and editted the images to suit which we sent to China to be fabricated. The installations were done here by the local interior contractor.

Section 1
Section 1

The main master bathroom screen at the front was actually conceptuallized a lot earlier as a facetted and fairly organic formed skin around the master bathroom. It was delayed and pushed to end due to costs and also because the client wanted to prioritise moving into the house first. So the screen was the last thing to end up being installed. We had to revise the design many times until we came up with a design that suited the clients' budget. It became a steel framed structure, clad with stained cement board. When it was complete  - we were all so excited! It really looked like part of the Sandcrawler (the Jawas' mobile home in Tatooine from Star Wars). It also really looked like we clad the house with corten steel! That's one of our specialities -  we can make inexpensive material look really expensive!!!

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© Rupajiwa Studio

The glass bridge links the 1st floor terrace towards the master bedroom and the external floating steps from the poolside. Looking above from the entry foyer , frosted glass panels over the bridge permeates shadowy silhouettes.

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© Rupajiwa Studio

The original bare concrete spiral staircase are fitted with brass inlays and encased with thin ex-met panels for railings and fine rods that houses several downward lights

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© Rupajiwa Studio

70's Shanghai soap opera scenes dictates several notable elements across the house , mainly the driveway full height swivel bronze panelling, the lounge railings .The elements are clad/ built in bronze creates a contrasting palate against the raw finishes and black profiles

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© Rupajiwa Studio

Elements from the old Malaysian shop houses are borrowed, from the folding metal sliding doors /sliding grills of the storeroom and children's bedroom floor to the "V" profile railings that's prominently featured across the house.

Second Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan

External door elements , the main and side gates in particular were designed from scenes from the movie “The Great Gatsby” with Art Deco elements. Symmetrical intricate lines that breaks the monolithic outlook of the " ziggurat"perimeter walls.

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© Rupajiwa Studio

Furniture comprised of the clients' private antique collections acquired throughout the years from Bali and China, several quirky adaptive reused furniture pieces and a series of custom made furniture that takes us back to the American 50's era (heavily inspired by Madmen tv series)

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© Rupajiwa Studio

Thin profile trees softens the outdoor hardscape, with a trampoline at the rear for the children's to have fun exercise !

Section 2
Section 2

Three different floor finishes creates a visual separation of each floor. India green for the lower grounds, rosa levanto for the first and cement flooring for the 2nd floor.

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© Rupajiwa Studio

We tried to incorporate as much natural  cross ventilation as possible but were unable to at some areas especially the rooms upstairs as the glazings and windows were all ordered and fabircated in china when we were engaged.  Luckily they were double glazed panels so the heat gain was not so drastic in the rooms. The common areas and ground floor are all very well natural ventilated.  The high ceilings, central courtyard and  loads of glazing help in terms of natural lighting.

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Cite: "House at Glenhill Saujana / Seshan Design" 15 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/641965/house-at-glenhill-saujana-seshan-design/> ISSN 0719-8884
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