Large windows, natural sunlight, open concept floor plans and a greater emphasis on greenery. Sound familiar? These aren’t just the trends that are very much in vogue at the moment, rather elements of the beautiful traditional Malay home that have been interpreted in today’s times. Here are 5 great examples of Malay-inspired homes in Malaysia.
1. Rimbun Dahan, Kuang
Malaysia’s premier name in architecture, Hijjas Kasturi, runs a 14-acre compound in Kuang that doubles as both their homes as well as a centre for arts. Rimbun Dahan is a gorgeous estate but of particulate note are Rumah Uda Manap, which is a unique Chinese-Malay traditional house relocated from Perak and Rumah Penang, which has retained its charming wooden chengal floors and glass windows after its relocation from Penang.
Images from Rimbun Dahan’s Airbnb
2. Terrapuri Heritage Village, Kuala Terengganu
Located in Setiu, Kuala Terengganu is the Terrapuri Heritage Village, a unique resort consisting of 100-year old traditional Malay stilt houses. Sourced from all Terengganu, the owner Alex Lee has conserved and transported these classic structures and combined them with a luxury resort feel. Terrapuri translates to “The Land of Palaces” and just like its namesake, the resort’s layout is inspired by a 17th-century palace.
Images from Beebz.blogspot.com
3. Classic Malay House, Kuala Lumpur
This Airbnb beauty is located in Jalan Dato Keramat and retains all its old world charm for modern travellers to enjoy. Intricate details like the dominant wood carvings and walls have been retained and juxtaposed with modern amenities and furnishings like the exposed brick walls. In the busy city of KL, here’s a nice throwback to simpler days.
Images from Ellina’s Airbnb
4. Hijauan House, Kuala Lumpur
The renovation on this house was centred around a specific goal – not to damage a single tree. Luckily, Twenty-Nine Studio managed to maintain the lush vegetation while adding a minimalist and airy take on a home. Wood is a staple in traditional Malay architecture and it’s presence remains strong here with its deck and timber screens.
Images by HomeDeco2U
5. Deck House, Janda Baik
Having been featured in a variety of international architecture and interior magazines, the Deck House by Choo Gim Wah Architect, pays great respect to the greenery around Janda Baik with almost floor-to-ceiling windows. While the house has a contemporary industrial look, it is envisioned as a fluid space – a traditional element of Malay homes.