klaf 2020 malaysian house

project year


project team

; 2020

; flexible

; edric choo poo liang

  jane quak

  bethany lim


Grow with your house.


The issue of housing affordability is a prevalent theme in urban areas affecting the lower to medium income group. An increasing number of people are unable to afford a house due  to the rising land and construction costs.

Through our research on the vernacular architecture, our reinterpretation of a Malaysian house allows Malaysians to build their own house affordably on a plot of land in accordance to their needs and financial means. An expandable, self-built housing using modular elements found in our local setting.

  1. Buy a plot for land ( could be just a terrace-sized lot)

  2. Build the ‘rumah ibu’ ( main house )

  3. House expands and evolves according to the needs and financial means

With standardized elements of construction, i.e. columns, beams, panels, and fenestrations; the configurations of housing types are endless. As an individual’s needs are constantly evolving over his lifetime, the house and its potential configurations provide an expandable quality to it, growing with the owner’s needs, or family size.