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House for a Collector of Chinese Antiques in Kuala Lumpur

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Here’s an intriguing renovation of a mid terrace house for a collector of Chinese antiques in Kuala Lumpur by Fabian Tan.

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The front door is double height and red, like the entrance to a Chinese temple.

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Architectural details of the renovation are purposely kept to a minimum to provide a neutral backdrop for the owner’s extensive collection of Chinese antiques.

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To bring light in, the central roof was cut out to create a central light well in an open courtyard, suitable in Malaysia’s temperate climate.

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Within this open central courtyard, outdoor materials are used, like concrete and porous surface of pebbles.

So any rain damages nothing.

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At the front of the house a grill in the shape of a series of French doors provides security, without sacrificing elegance.

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Blending in with the grimy surroundings of the old city, concrete columns provide security at the back.

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The grilled French windows can be fully opened or closed securely for security.

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Above them, more grilled French windows overlook a small garden.

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Intriguingly, these french windows to the little roof garden are accessed by a walkway at desk height.

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These windows provide an exit to a small roof garden.

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The rooftop access provides some respite from dense city living.

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The central courtyard brings light and huge ‘borrowed’ space in to a skimpy bathroom.

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At the other end of the bathroom, windows on two sides also suggests more space, though one overlooks the waste space of the stairwell.

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You can see how clever this tiny bathroom is on the plan.

Altogether – it’s a successful renovation of a tiny terrace apartment that maximises size.

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