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Complete with lush landscaping and inviting pools, these five blissful resort-style homes in Malaysia make its lucky residents feel like they're permanently on vacation

Lush, breezy and embracing its surroundings, the tropical resort style is especially suitable for our balmy Malaysian climate. Getting just the right balance of liveability and idyllic sanctuary however is an art and we take a look at five of our favourite resort-style homes which have all the ingredients to transport us to that luxury island getaway.

1. A Home in Johor Centred Around the Pool

S/LAB 10's home for an expat family that loves the outdoors is a masterful combination of materiality and spatial planning. Build on an undulating piece of land, the architects designed the home as a tiered complex to avoid cutting too much into the land. The client had requested plenty of space to entertain while maintaining privacy and safety and to cater to this, the home is clustered around a central infinity pool

This pool is surrounded by large open plan verandas which merge indoors and outdoors seamlessly while maintaining a physical and visual connection with the surrounding planned landscape. To address the client’s requirement for privacy without sacrificing the connection to its surroundings, the architectural volumes are arranged in such a way as to shield the central pool and surrounding area from prying eyes. 

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2. A Family Home in Miri

Built for a pair of siblings on a large piece of land adjacent to their parent’s home, Kuching based architects Design Network Architects positioned the two houses to integrate with their parents’ residence. The completed tableau is a garden homestead of three houses surrounded by pocket courtyard gardens and open terraces. 

Conceived around principles of tropical design and sustainability, both houses prioritise open spaces and have seven courtyards in total, all of which allow the outdoors to integrate into the interior while providing visual focus. The houses' layouts were also designed to promote good cross ventilation and large glazing for ample natural light.

 

3. A Terrace in Kuala Lumpur Transformed Into an Urban Oasis

Working around the limitations of an existing terrace house, the husband and wife team at design firm ELD managed to fit an outdoor lap pool and a semi-outdoor pavilion into this corner lot terrace. To suggest a blurring of indoor and outdoor spaces, the pool’s edge was placed at the edge of walls with fully collapsible doors opening up to a lounge, dry kitchen, and dining.

The original split level also allowed for the design of an ‘infinity’ pool edge at the end of the lap pool, with a cascading waterfall flowing into a trough at the lower level of the open space towards the driveway, giving a resort-like ambience with the sound of cascading water upon entering the compound.

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4. An Elegant Tropical Home in Johor

Positioned with uninterrupted views overlooking a golf course and a serene lake, this home in Nusajaya already had the benefit of verdant surroundings. This grand home, designed by Team BJ Design, made the best of this aspect by extending the balcony in the master bedroom to capture the view.

Within the home itself, the designers added a serene central courtyard with a swimming pool and lush planting. All public areas on the ground floor open up to this area and spaces on the first floor look into the strategically placed landscaping.

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5. An Award-Winning Pavilion Home in Kuala Lumpur

Inspired by the idea of living in harmony with the environment, Design Collective Architects designed a home that coexists and integrates itself with its wonderfully luxuriant garden. This concept of inside out living was planned around the idea that its residents could be within their own home and sitting in their garden all at the same time.

A series of pavilions were used to bring this inspiration to life while neatly fulfilling the design brief of being adaptable to the family’s changing needs in the coming years. To this end, each pavilion differs programmatically and allows for the large home to be sectionalised. To encourage a more natural way of living with fresh air and natural sunshine, the house has large door panels that fold away to allow for free-flowing cross ventilation.

This home won an award at Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia's awards in the single residential category. 

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