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Gridded Concrete Facade on Tropical House Lets the Sun In

Photos by Kent Soh via <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/09/05/tropical-box-house-kuala-lumpur-malaysia-whbc-architects-wrapped-concrete-egg-crate-stilts/">Dezeen</a>.
Photos by Kent Soh via Dezeen.

Well this is gorgeous. Designed by Malaysian architecture studio WHBC Architects (which has a great website—check it out), this concrete house takes full advantage of its tropical setting with an indoor-outdoor scheme that lets the sun right in. Largely composed of a gridded-concrete volume reminiscent of an egg crate—the form of which provides both privacy and a bit of Brutalist whimsy—the house, called, straightforwardly, "Tropical Box," clocks in at 670 square meters (about 7,200 square feet). According to Dezeen, its sandwiched between more standard condos and residences of Kuala Lumpur's Demansara Heights neighborhood.

Open-plan common areas are complemented by high waffle-concrete ceilings and polished-concrete floors. Though it doesn't necessarily look like the most inviting set of surfaces, there's a kid scooting around in these lovely photographs and plenty of wood cabinetry and other wood accents to help lighten the vibe. The bedrooms and bathrooms occupy an upper floor. A lower-level garage is also on offer. The pièce de résistance may really be the ground-floor pool off the living room, which is canopied by even more egg-crate-like concrete. The architects hope the home (which is for a family, if you couldn't tell) will be both a private refuge and "embrace" the surrounding tropical flora.


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