Something old, something new, something borrowed and something unique is the result. At least, this was the case for Domaine Architect’s distinctive project in Sungai Penchala which takes cues from colonial style, borrows from vernacular architecture and fuses it with modernist rigour.
The result is a distinctive look which feels familiar yet isn’t in the best possible way. This is not new for Domaine Architects, who have designed standout buildings like Kapas in Bangsar and KLOE Hoel. Kapas, a condominium project which aims to create a community spirit through design, recently took home the Gold Award at the PAM Awards 2021 in the Multiple Residential High Rise category.
This new landmark in the upmarket suburb is hard to miss with its dynamic form and dramatic black cladding. This singular architectural expression makes sense when one takes into account Domaine Architect’s approach to design, which states categorically that aesthetic is not all about style but about deeply considering and creating a project-specific response. And since no site and project variables are ever identical, the end results would not be as well.
For the Penchala Residence, the site is located on a corner lot measuring approximately 9,600 sq ft. Slopey with a significant level difference of over 9m from the highest to the lowest end, the challenges of its unusual shape are mitigated by its enviable surroundings.
Being situated on a hill beside a forest reserve next to Taman Tun Dr Ismail, the home has the fortune of being surrounded by lush greenery while being able to access the trappings of urban life a short 10-minute drive away. Built from the ground up, the home was designed for a small young family of four.