Songket House by Imelda Akmal

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Songket House emerges within such ‘loud’ surroundings: steadfastly geometric, a stoic antithesis. Perhaps quite paradoxically, its silence speaks volumes—the conversation surrounding this house is a lively one, with most everyone passing through having questioned what these rigid white boxes functioned as. The house has been speculated to be a cafe, an office, and above all, a swallows’ nest barn. “People who thought that this building was a swallows’ nest were especially angry that we dared make such a building in the town’s main street,” says the architect.

In parts of the town ridden by ‘maximalist architectures’, the minimal appear as curiosities sparking polar reactions.

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