Located in the quiet suburb of Setia Alam in Shah Alam, Idr Joe Chan has created a home for himself and his family that is as soothing to behold as it is to live in. But Chan has something of an advantage as he is an interior designer, founder, and principal of the award-winning firm DesignTone Interior Practice.
With the two-storey semi-detached house, Chan took on an approach of minimal intervention and disruption to the original architecture so as not to disrupt the neighbouring architecture.
"The approach had to be subtle yet distinct and this was executed by giving an extension of verticality from the first-floor level to the highest point of the roof by using a perforated screen and also to provide a little sense of privacy from the peering into the large window in the master bedroom and bath," says Chan.
"The demarcation on the existing unit from the neighbour is also subtly punctuated by using a large pot and tree. This further gives character to the front architecture."