Concrete Dreams – Bewboc House in Kuala Lumpur by Fabian Tan
With so many contemporary builds out there it takes a special kind of house to really wow. Le Corbusier said, “You employ stone, wood, and concrete, and with these materials you build houses and palaces.” Architect Fabian Tan is certainly heeding his advice with his newest build titled ‘Bewboc House’, a repurposed living space connected to a suburban terrace house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
By contrasting the white walls of the original build with this bold concrete structure, Tan has been able to focus on ventilating the space so the air flows through each area. The cooling properties of the concrete, as well as the large doors that open up to the outside, aids with temperature control in such a warm climate.
As a fan of Le Corbusier’s Ronchamp Chapel, mainly or the whimsical and dream-like feel, the roof area on this build caught my eye. As well as a quirky arched space that acts as a balcony of sorts, the annex area features a crescent window that’s playful and really does make the space. By adding these large glass openings in different combinations completely reshapes the build and makes it a space full of fun and character. Quite a challenge when you’re working with concrete!
Tan’s idea was to create a journey through a cave, so that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel and come in to nature. A beautiful image and one that we can all surely dream about. Let’s use this residence as inspiration.
Photography by Ceavs Chua