Today’s home, located in Johor Bahru Malaysia, is an architectural award winning, modern concrete stunner. It is at once an art gallery, the perfect entertaining pad and complete family home.
Across the border in Malaysia, homes take on an altogether different form from their cousins in Singapore. Johor Bahru seems so close and yet so far, the sense of space is much greater and the homes are surrounded by vast amounts of Malaysian countryside. All this space means that the homes themselves not only benefit from a sense of space – they have actual space…and then some. All the fastidious cleanliness and modernity of Singapore evaporates once across the border, lending an air of perhaps Singapore in former times or the Asia of our travels.
For a growing number of expats, this slice of Malaysia has become home. The opening of Marlborough College in 2012 facilitated a move for expat families living in Singapore who desired not only a quality education for their children, but a much sought after sizeable (and more affordable) family home.
The owners of today’s beautiful home made such a decision. After years of living all over Asia the family decided that it was time to settle and create a family home. With the help of Exhale architects, they set to work creating a vision for a modernist concrete home. And what a home it is.
Owner, Anna, is an art consultant to Otomys – an online boutique contemporary art gallery – and her home has become a sort of gallery for some of Otomys’ stunning contemporary art. The home couldn’t be more suited. With soaring ceilings, a polished concrete floor, poured concrete walls and an open plan, Anna’s home is the perfect backdrop for displaying the variety of artists she represents through Otomys as well as the art from her personal collection. Each piece is given plenty of room in the large scale space allowing for an eclectic mix of art that works.
The main living area opens from both sides allowing the breeze to carry through and gives the house an indoor outdoor feel. Cantilevered concrete shelving runs the length of the far wall providing a minimalist bookshelf and entertainment area in one.
The home is built in an L shape with the open plan living area providing one large section of the home. Leading through a foyer area and down a corridor you reach a second casual living area and children’s rooms. This section of the home has a less modernist concrete feel with white rendered walls, pops of colour and natural accents. Opening directly on to the lawn and swimming pool, the kids living area is the perfect teenage retreat for when friends visit.
The simple modern design of the staircase allows the timber to make a statement. Once upstairs, the master suite leads to a spacious balcony overlooking the trees and countryside beyond. It has a distinctly peaceful feel. Furnished simply with timber, poured concrete and earthy tones, the extensive view is given centre stage.
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