Founder of multiple award-winning practice, Eleena Jamil Architect and Tatler's Asia's Most Influential honouree, Eleena Jamil's varied body of work reflects her thoughtful approach to design. With a strong sustainability ethos, she is adept at creating "honest" everyday spaces that make the most of a site's natural features.
This renovation of a dilapidated semi-detached house in Bukit Antarabangsa reflects Eleena's deft touch. The property belongs to the architect's parents, who bought it from the previous owner. "Although there have been plans to renovate, they kept putting it off, leaving it in disrepair for quite a few years. The opportunity came about when the house was broken into, and they decided it was high time to do something about it," says Eleena.
"The idea from the beginning was to bring in as much light as possible, with plenty of openings, and to take full advantage of the rear garden's privacy. From the outset, I felt that the house has a huge potential to turn into a lovely home without having to do too much."
Appropriately, the starting point was the insertion of a courtyard to bring in more ‘light’ and ‘air’ into the deep spaces of the house on the ground floor.
From this, the internal areas opened up by removing parts of the existing interior walls and floor and relocating the main entrance door to create a more open and fluid layout in relation to the courtyard. To the rear of the house, a new simple rectangular extension was added to serve as a kitchen and dining space facing the back garden.