Safari Roof House
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
This house challenges the conspicuous luxury of affluent suburban dwellings by employing materials more commonly associated with low-cost construction but used with great precision. Arranged in blocks around a densely planted garden, the building is experienced from the inside out. The steel pivoting door in the open lobby opens directly into the garden, which acts as cooling sink and drainage management system. The living room faces the morning sun with a kitchen to the south. The bedrooms above are linked by glazed bridges. A single storey guest pavilion sits to the north. The roof is lifted off the body of the house to facilitate wind cooling, like the tropical Landrover from which it takes its name.


The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011.
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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