The Deck House is a 2 1/2-storey house located 578m above sea level in the forest of Janda Baik in Pahang, Malaysia. The house consists of 3 bedrooms and 3 baths forming an approximately 4,000 sq.ft. of enclosed and outdoor areas.
The brief from the Client was to design a simple, unassuming and modern looking house.
The house was built to hug the terrains, ensuring a minimum interference on the existing slope. Most parts of the building are designed with steel and glass. The foundation and the stump of building are built with the conventional reinforced concrete. The extensive use of glass forms the skin of the buildings, providing a full forest view for the occupants to enjoy.
Despite its steel and glass look, the house functions like a traditional Malay house with tall ceiling, well-lit interiors, and sufficient ventilation with windows on most walls and aluminum louvers at the highest portion of the building for the hot air to escape.
Living in Janda Baik with the relatively moderate tropical climate (18° to 25° Celsius) allows the occupants to enjoy the outdoor activities and fresh air all day long. With this in mind, an extensive outdoor areas such as a deck to living/dining and a terrace to the master bedroom formed a critical part of the building design.
The living, dining and kitchen areas are designed as an open space connected to the highlight of the house – a 10.5m long and 6.8m wide deck with timber finishes supported by a steel structure underneath. The last of the 2.5m portion of the deck is cantilevered out from its supporting beam underneath that creates an “infinity deck” effect. This is where the occupants of the house spend most of their time. Finishes: Timber Flooring, Concrete, Steels, Glass, Aluminium