OOZN adds aluminium fabric skin to kuala lumpur house
(above) the new façade resembles a curtain
all images courtesy of OOZN
located on a verdant hill in one of kuala lumpur’s best established suburbs, OOZN has developed a concept that seeks to screen and refresh a 1960’s hillside home. the house takes the form of three tiered living spaces which cascade down the hillside towards the centre of the city. the predominantly glazed northern façade offers spectacular views, whilst being overlooked from the street. originally conceived as an office area, the client wished to convert this pavilion into the master suite, generating a need for increased privacy.
the owner wished for the highly visible entrance to act as an extension of his art collection
as a collector of contemporary art and design, the owner also wished for the highly visible entrance structure to act as an extension of his art collection while blending with the existing street and landscapes. OOZN referenced the idea of a soft bedroom curtain enveloping the interior space and transposing it to the pavilion’s exterior with a flowing aluminium fabric skin. the flowing skin is then perforated to pass on light to the interior whilst the perforation pattern density follows the layout of the existing windows.
the concept references the idea of a soft bedroom curtain enveloping the interior space
the design plays with the idea of a metallic material more commonly perceived as hard and cold, used as a lightweight fabric wrap. the entrance pavilion sits 3.5 meters above a simple lawn with a row of trees further screening it from the street. the combination of materials, form, reflectivity, and landscape combine to create the impression that the structure is floating above the landscape. the external lighting design further enhances this effect at night time. the panels were fabricated in a specialist guangzhou workshop. the first stage in the process handcrafts clay moulds, based on the architect’s 3D model, before using a pneumatic press to form 2.5mm aluminium sheets to the geometry of the mould. the pressed panels are then perforated and powder coated before shipping to site for installation.
the flowing skin is then perforated to pass on light to the interior
night light detail
façade panel axonometry
edited by: juliana neira | designboom