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SCULPTING SPACES IN THE TROPICS: 13 hOUSES IN AMER TAHER'S DESIGN JOURNEY
Jiat-Hwee Chang

ORO editions, 2011
Hardcover
192 pages
Fully illustrated, colour.
ISBN: 9781935935117

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Aamer re-invents the tropical house with contemporary forms that are unique and relevant to today's lifestyle expectations. Tropical elements of light and shade, openness to the landscape are revisited with interesting new forms.

Merging the tropical language with contemporary lines and structure, the book shows also the earlier works of Aamer which already embrace the green lush outdoor gardens making them part of the indoor living experience.

Houses that sit well on the site and integrate the outdoors, allowing natural flow of air and energy with spaces that are physically comfortable and forms that are inspiring.

Inspirations are often drawn from the traditional Asian culture like from the Iban Longhouse which resulted in the "Dalvey Long House", bold in form and fluid in function with its typical spatial arrangements and strategy. Other projects derive their challenges from the site, like the "Merlimau House" built on a rather tight triangular land. Apart from cooling the house by having 'green roof tops' the effect can be achieved by having the swimming pool elevated - where the best views sometimes are.

The book attempts to show that Aamer views design as finding an ideal solution to the combination of factors that include site, culture and climate, structure and services with an economy of means to arrive at an aesthetic whole.

 

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