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    Paris-based Agence Jouin Manku took on its first large-scale integrated architectural and interior design commission in 2003, when YTL Design Group from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, invited it to design the residence of a Malaysian power family.



    Completed in the latter part of 2008, the residence is the ultimate expression of the taste, influence and industrial-scale capabilities of the prominent family whose entrepreneurial activities have shaped Kuala Lumpur’s skyline.



    Three generations of the family inhabit the 3,000 square-meter residence designed to accommodate both private and public functions.



    The building includes nine bedrooms, two family rooms, a family kitchen and a private dining area, a family library, a game room, a study, a public reception area, a formal dining room, a ballroom, chapel, 21 bathrooms, a swimming pool, two guest suites plus indoor private and guest parking.



    The initial sketches exploring the owners’ usage requirements reveal resemblances to the boring stacked-boxes look still so ubiquitous in residential architecture. And while traces of the “heaped trailers” syndrome remain in the finished building, this is not the Jetsons, neither are we looking at EPCOT, Tomorrowland or the 1964 New York World's Fair.



    We are in the lush vegetation of a posh Kuala Lumpur residential area, and in spite of the boxiness of the structure, an elegant circular softness manages to permeate the sightlines and key details of the building, making it an agreeable part of its landscape.



    Inside, prominent examples of this curvilinear elegance include the amazing staircases resembling the inside of a shell when viewed from above, and the round ballroom chandelier of 13,000 custom-designed undulating petals of unglazed cast porcelain biscuit.



    The curved walls both inside and out have a functional purpose of providing privacy and enclosing each function gently in its own space. The overall sweeping feel inside the spaces invites the viewer in and creates soft, arching vistas.



    The concept consists of three layers: the base for public functions, the ring for guests and the private house for the family.



    The inside of the magnificent residence is gorgeous with its high ceilings, large windows and abundance of light. White color and natural wood are dominant elements but they allow the view from the vast, mostly retractable, windows to remain the main visual attraction.



    The residence is also a wonderful study of contrasts between inside and outside, private and public, traditional and ultra modern, man-made and natural.


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    Kinda makes the other homes around it, while very nice and quite large, look small. I think a home of this dimension and style belongs outside a normal neighborhood scenario. It looks like a big spaceship just landed and everyone is now awaiting for Gort to appear.

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    I don't know about the outside, but i absolutely love the inside.

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    not a fan of the outside, but the inside is... well, it's art.
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    Tracey Island. And it blends so seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. I bet the neighbours just love it.
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    i don't know about the outside, though i like the front façade in the 1st pic. i'd have to see the whole thing in person to make up my mind.
    the inside however is fucking beautiful. those stairs!
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    The inside is quite beautiful, although the huge white ceiling in the 2nd pic is so low that I would feel claustrophobic. The outside looks like a giant camera- quite unique.
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    looks like a space ship from the outside,
    id take it regardless

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    i love this. very futuristic looking.

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    I really like that chandelier, I wonder if its paper or linen.

    I'd probably like this house if it wasn't such a behemouth. It absolutely dwarfs the entire neighborhood like a monstrosity.
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    There's some amazing stuff going on in this house. The exterior blows me away, too--not so much the house's facades, although they're interesting, but the way it appears to treat the lot like a platform.

    But when I saw the shot of how it's probably an obnoxious fortress in its neighborhood, I felt sad. :|
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    Wow - died and went to heaven?

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    Looks like a hotel on the inside.

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    I love the inside, but the outside is a different story.

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