The Sustainable Asian House: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines

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Today's byword is sustainability, and in few arenas is that more evident than in architecture. The Sustainable Asian House celebrates the new architectural vocabulary of environmental, social, and cultural sustainability as it is now emerging in Southeast Asia, specifically Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

The houses in this book are an exciting representation of the region's reinterpretation of tropical architecture and its growing interest in ...

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Overview

Today's byword is sustainability, and in few arenas is that more evident than in architecture. The Sustainable Asian House celebrates the new architectural vocabulary of environmental, social, and cultural sustainability as it is now emerging in Southeast Asia, specifically Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

The houses in this book are an exciting representation of the region's reinterpretation of tropical architecture and its growing interest in traditional materials and craftsmanship. There is a new emphasis on fresh air, natural light, and spatial variety. Designers are considering issues such as orientation to the sun and prevailing winds to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint. The twenty-seven houses are featured in this fascinating and stunningly photographed study.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/21/2013
With exciting photographs that convey expanses of space and frame jaw-dropping elements such as courtyard swimming pools and stairwells that seem to levitate, McGillick’s book highlights powerful elements of International Modernism: transparency, texture, protection, and integration with the landscape. McGillick (Concrete, Steel, Glass) and photographer Kawana showcase a series of aspirational houses located in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Phillippines. A so-called “party house” in Singapore has its own karaoke lounge. The architect for a Malaysian home chose a steep lot that requires a dramatic, 56-step entry up a sweeping concrete spiral stairwell, illuminated from below and culminating in dramatic views of both the landscape and the interior. Built with recycled timber, Prachachuen House in Bangkok houses an extended family. Carphenie House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, utilizes cavity walls to reduce heat penetration and a free-standing wall that provides enough privacy to enable the windows to be left permanently open and also generates cross-ventilation. An appreciation of cultural heritage, use of eco-smart materials, and the strategic capture of natural ventilation are elements that make these elaborate homes sustainable. (Oct.)
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"With exciting photographs that convey expanses of space and frame jaw-dropping elements such as courtyard swimming pools and stairwells that seem to levitate, McGillick's book highlights powerful elements of International Modernism: transparency, texture, protection, and integration with the landscape. McGillick (Concrete, Steel, Glass) and photographer Kawana showcase a series of aspirational houses located in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Phillippines. A so-called "party house" in Singapore has its own karaoke lounge. The architect for a Malaysian home chose a steep lot that requires a dramatic, 56-step entry up a sweeping concrete spiral stairwell, illuminated from below and culminating in dramatic views of both the landscape and the interior. Built with recycled timber, Prachachuen House in Bangkok houses an extended family. Carphenie House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, utilizes cavity walls to reduce heat penetration and a free-standing wall that provides enough privacy to enable the windows to be left permanently open and also generates cross-ventilation. An appreciation of cultural heritage, use of eco-smart materials, and the strategic capture of natural ventilation are elements that make these elaborate home." —Paul McGillick, Publishers Weekly

"I have gotten a glimpse today of The Sustainable Asian House by Paul McGillick and Masano Kawana as the Photographer. This book has been popular in Southeast Asia, specifically Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The book includes representation of tropical architecture and its growing interest in traditional materials and craftsmanship. It includes an emphasis on fresh air, natural light, and spatial variety. It has also talked about how designers are considering issues such as orientation to the sun and prevailing winds to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint. There are about twenty-seven houses featured in this fascinating and stunningly photographed study which will give interest, learning and inspiration to all." — Aisha Kristine

Library Journal
12/01/2013
At first, this looks like yet another glossy publication filled with color images from a skilled photographer. But the author (25 Tropical Houses in Singapore and Malaysia, with Patrick Bingham-Hall) has given careful thought to the nature of domestic sustainability and—perhaps initially as an excuse to include more selections—defined the term to embrace "more engagement with the natural world" and even extended it to family and cultural traditions. Despite this contrivance, the text, covering 27 houses in five countries with emerging economies, is convincing. Each entry has an informative essay on the urban context, as well as a precise description of the spatial and tactile elements—leading to the conclusion that the author has visited and knows each house intimately. Although there are no figure numbers linking the text to the gorgeous photographs by Kawana, the captions are detailed enough to overcome that omission. A second shortcoming is the absence of dates for any of the houses, although all appear recent. Clear floor plans for each selection and occasional cross-sections add considerable value for visual learners, whether students of architecture or interior design. This title commendably surpasses Robert Powell's The Tropical Asian House from almost a decade ago. VERDICT Recommended for architecture and interior design libraries serving students studying sustainable residential design.—Paul Glassman, Felician Coll. Lib., Lodi, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804843331
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Edition description: Hardcover with Jacket
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,392,391
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Paul McGillick is a writer and editor based in Sydney. Specializing in architecture, art, and design, he has published numerous articles and essays as well as several books, including 25 Houses in Singapore and Malaysia and Concrete, Steel, Glass.

Based in Singapore, award-winning photographer Masano Kawana is one of the most exciting interior and landscape photographers at work in Asia today.

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Table of Contents

List of Houses featured in the book:

THAILAND
Bangkok House, Scott Whittaker
Equilibrium House, VasLab Architecture
Ekamai House, Bangkok Architectural Research
Prachachuen House, Kanoon Studio

MALAYSIA
Carphenie House, Design Collective Architects
Kubik House, Marra + Yeh
House at Damansara, RT&Q Architects
Ting House, Lok Kuang Wooi

SINGAPORE
Brookvale Apartment, Tristan Tan and Juliana Chan
Copper House, CSYA
Fourth Avenue House, Richard Ho
House in Three Movements, RT&Q
Winged House, K2LD
Cairnhill Road Shophouse, Richard Ho
Cove Grove House 1, Aamer Taher
Cove Grove House 2, Bedmar & Shi
Party House, W Architects

INDONESIA
Brawijaya House, Han Awal Architects
Senjaya House, RT&Q Architects
R House, Budi Pradono
Rumah Tinggal Praja, D-Associates
House 2 Tanah Teduh, Andra Matin

THE PHILIPPINES
Paranaque House, Atelier Sacha Cotture
Batangas House, Archipelago Design Works
Vidal House, Renato Vidal
Golf Course House, LorCalma Design Inc
Bougainvillea House, C/S Design

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