BHH02 | Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
It looks like suburbia has strike again. We presented BHH02 to our clients with mix response on the ‘cannon’ facade treatments. Though, we are really pleased with a first cut of this blatant (no thanks to a persistent and difficult feng shui-fying process), squarish huge mass being broken down into two contrasting ‘flavors’ that float above a lighter, frailer bottom. No fat bottomed girls here, sorry.
We (and we think many of the designers around) truly dislike the notorious ‘Chinaman’ aesthetic which, for us, is the embodiment of exaggeration, over-indulgence, conspicuous predicaments and as a result, kicks out into overly complex construction which emanates from severe misconceptions of ‘practicality’.
Suburbia is more than just rudimentary applications because practicality, really is a powerful driver that is severely ignored, and can be providence of huge inspiration and creation. Some architects here have been wildly successful on what really is the core of the essence of practical thinking.
One of the key things we enthrall ourselves onto this journey is to challenge the overarching limitations around a country with low-incomes per capita, which is taken for granted as having typicalised consumerism. Luckily, in that, we think there is beauty in the ‘everyday’ and rather want to explore what is beautiful about it.
In BHH02, we think it is a reductive silhouette of over-elaborated landscapes in what is deem-ed as contemporary housing schemes in KL (Kuala Lumpur). It is almost akin to our laid-back and casual routines where we achieve basic-ness and simplicity in some of our weird journeys like going to the pasar-malam, and in the manner we purchase things; ingredients, fruits, snacks, - it’s rather always very straight-forward, in pairs; a straw in a bag of soya drink, black jelly in a cup, fried crab balls on a stick, durian box and mangosteen bouquets, rather, really, what we preclude and procure as, Yin & Yang.