Architect Oscar G Concessao and Architect Ponni M Concessao, the husband and wife team, after completing their B Arch from the Regional Engineering College in 1986 and 1987, respectively, went on to pursue their Master’s in USA. Both of them have also been conferred with Honorary Doctorates from the University of Malaysia and Universita of Milano for Modern Architecture and Architectural Science.
They started their Architectural and Interior design practice in 1996 in Chennai. Over the years, they have built their practice designing versatile projects such as Universities, Engineering and Medical Colleges stadiums at Doha, Qatar, several Information technology Parks, Bio tech Parks, Nano Technology parks, townships, hospitals, apartments, Hotels, Resorts, Malls, Corporate offices, luxury Bungalows, Factories, SEZ, several Government and State buildings.
A Project by Oscar & Ponni Concessao & team
A HOME WITH A SLICE OF INDIA IN MALAYSIA
This spectacular classical style villa is built in the Bukit Gasing (Spinning Top Hill) suburb of Kuala Lumpur. The villa has stunning handcrafted wooden columns, brackets, wooden feature false ceilings, doors with architraves as well as furniture made in Chennai. Dr Ameen’s 15,000 sq ft residence in Jaya Petaling, Malaysia is a unique example of Indian architecture in Malaysia. Indian and Malaysian architecture share a commonality in terms of tropical architecture with effective cross ventilation, large overhangs, copious verandahs and open interior spaces with few partitions.
Dr Ameen’s residence is a grand exercise of built spaces versus the unbuilt space. The built space being the interior spaces and the unbuilt space being the garden space. Both spaces flow one into the other and form strong design factors dictating the symbiotic nature of the usage of the site by the end users.
The brief from the client clearly outlined the flavour of Chettinad architecture by virtue of the architectural and interior detailing in a Malay setting with Islamic overtones.
All wood works are in the Chettinad style starting from the entrance to the verandah, wooden feature ceilings, wood dado works, sofas, tables etc, partitions for the ladies and gents living areas, doors designed with Islamic motifs - all of which was made in Chennai, shipped and installed in the Malaysian residence. The grand Chettinad entrance leads onto a majestic foyer with an intricate gold leaved panel inscribed with the 99 names of God in the Moroccan script.
The entire panel rests on an opulent wall cladding of Gold Porturo Italian marble and the whole ensemble lit up by Spanish and Italian chandeliers. The massive entrance doors that are Chettinad in design lead to massive living and dining areas with movable wood partitions for Gents and Ladies seating areas. The Chettinad Indian sofas were made in India and shipped to the site. The intricate dining set came from Italy. The dinette areas as well as the dry kitchen areas are encased in silver and gold Bizazza tiles and lit by a gold Italian chandelier. All of these areas overlook the garden with a gazebo which in turn overlooks the majestic forest reserve. By the flick of sliding doors on both sides, the garden views flank the living spaces. The massive wooden feature ceiling completes the luxurious feel of the residence.
The modern curvilinear staircase leads to the wood floored area of the private bedroom areas of the residence each opening out to a balcony overlooking the garden and forest reserve. The master bedroom has a private garden in the first floor. All the roofing tiles specially painted to a certain colour came from Spain. The roofing structure is a marvelous play of levels and overhangs to give a majestic feel of space from the outside.
Name: Dr Ameen’s Residence
Built up Area: 15,000 sq ft
Architect: Oscar & Ponni Architects