YTL Residence, Kuala Lampur
Jouin Manku

“The house was to appear very light, as if tethered to the ground like a balloon rather than crushing the earth,” Jouin says. “Throughout the project, custom elements run the gamut from high-tech to rough-hewn. Jouin and Manku collaborated with local and international artists and craftsmen on many of them, including a massive kitchen island carved from a single hulk of Carrara marble; a circular stair with petal-shape teak treads, constructed by elderly woodworkers who put off retirement for this project; a sculptural free-standing Corian bar in the living area; 10-foot-tall teak lanterns hanging in the atrium linking the bedroom wings; and the stunning ballroom chandelier comprising 13,000 porcelain petals, produced by young French designer Roseline Pailheret and ceramists in her native Limoges, France. “We created a brand-new architecture for the house,” continues Jouin. “New shapes, new ways of connecting spaces, and new combinations of cutting-edge technology and traditional local practices.”

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