Eco house stands for ‘economy house’. The Client had bought a piece of land of 3,825 SQ FT and wished to build a 1,200 SQ FT house for the seemingly impossible budget of RM120,000. (approx. 40,000 USD). We considered this a challenge, treating this as a research project on design possibilities for low-cost housing.
The target building cost would have been possible, we believed, should the house been kept to a single storey, at 1,300 SQ FT. However, the client had a strong desire for a green roof and we arrived at a design with the master bedroom overlooking this. We are currently studying a lightweight pre-fab steel frame system together with locally-sourced materials to achieve a total building cost of RM150,000 (at current press time!)