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A High Intensity Retrofit in Malaysia

We don’t see much architecture from Malaysia here. Here is a unique look that we’ve been missing.

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With its heightened acid colors, and grim brick and concrete walls, S11 House in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia is a curious combination: simultaneously lurid and gloomy.

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Peeled paint on a grim concrete ceiling bears testimony to a grander past.

The existing old house on the site was built in the early 1960’s and had become dilapidated and run-down over the years.

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ArchiCentre designed a green retrofit that really charged it up with zing.

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The orange, the lurid green and the acid lemon are an acerbic and energising combination of colours.

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But the high intensity retrofit is not only visually fascinating, it also achieves the highest level Platinum rating of Malaysia’s Green Building Index (GBI).

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Recycled from the demolition, brick is used in a novel way, to create a screen, cooling the cross breezes.

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The roof insulation is an impressive 0.14, shutting out virtually all the intense heat of Malaysia.

This is achieved with insulation that includes two layers of heat reflective foil and a 200 mm ventilated airspace.

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A 5 KW psolar installation provides all the electricity the house uses, with the surplus power sold to the grid.

A solar hot water system is also on the large roof, providing sun warmed heating water for baths, dish washing and heat in the winter.

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Above this (very interesting) roof, three rainwater harvesting tanks are aligned in series, removing gradually more sedimentation.

Water from the “dirtiest” tank is used for “black water” needs – like toilet flushing, gardening and car washing.

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And the house features what must be a first-ever use of camo as a residential building paint!

(But this paint has more green work to do: these camouflage paints are heat reflective, in order to reduce the heat gain on the west wall, along with a wire netting screen wall of fruit and vegetables.)

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