Vertical brick screens wrap around this house in Malaysia to provide protection from excessive sunlight and facilitate natural ventilation. DRTAN LM Architect renovated the existing, dilapidated house and reused its roof tiles to create this shading mechanism that creates soft interior lighting and engaging nighttime effects.
After purchasing the property, the owners commissioned the architects to rebuild the house and transform it into a modern residence. Upon closer inspection, the architects realized that the Indian clay roof tiles, still in good condition, could be reused to create vertical screens. They designed vertical rods to hold the clay tiles whilst allowing free movement to swivel and turn. The clay shading transformed the house into an insulated and well-ventilated volume.
With noticeable functionality in the floor plan, ‘green’ systems and the recycled outer skin, the house is decidedly in touch with its green side. By reusing the original terracotta roof tiles of the demolished old house as a lattice screen of animated clay that swivels with the undulating wind, the home has a feeling of being both modern and aged.
Photos by H Lin Ho