Located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, ‘Fillet House’ is a three-story private residential that consists of six bedrooms, a manicure room, and a dancing space. The neighbourhood, which still retains its residential character, with a low and medium density fabric, is in the process of transformation and growth, due to the development of the Pavilion Bukit Jalil shopping mall, a new commercial mixed development within its vicinity.
The design manages to maximise the plinth of a corner-lot building through a series of design approaches that respond to the client’s Feng Shui requirements, the sun path, and the pleasing views. Terminology in design, a fillet is a rounded corner or edge. The main four corners of the house are being filleted or rounded as to soften the volume mass and to avoid the ninety-degree edges from the Feng Shui perspectives. The filleting corner is to achieve a wholeness and completeness of the house geometry in which it created the flowing effect continuously on the building envelope. Curved corner is emphasised as to capture the pause of a dynamism from the form.
The bedrooms and open terraces face northwest towards the setting sun with minimal strip of openings. The high-volume air well where the sculptural spiral staircase located faces northeast with large glass panels. Southwest facing front façade is introduced with horizontal aluminium sun shading devices and sliding timber screen for the car porch. The recessed space at the frontage of the house becomes the car porch in which it can be converted into a veranda for family activities. Externally, the sliding timber screen portrays security and privacy.
Masses are subtracted from its original mass to create openness that allowing for day-light penetrations and bring cross ventilation closer to happens within its layout when glazed doors or windows are fully opened. Natural light enters the house across the levels, from open terraces and master lounge at second floor level to the living hall at the ground floor level through a tempered laminated glass floor and void openings at its first floor level. Viewing the building from the outside, a staggered ‘filleted box’ is to be completed by end of 2020 and to be elevated vigorously from its surrounding. The design of the roof reinterpreted the typical pitch roof found in tropical houses. It comes with enlarged concrete gutter at its edges rather than long overhang as to achieve the wholeness of the filleted geometry, while effectively designed for water runoff. The palettes of materials which highlighted on curves, white, black, and grey tone with touches of woods created an interesting aesthetic for a tropical house.