It’s fitting that a world-renowned architect like Soo Chan – who currently has three NYC projects underway – would himself emerge from a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Chan was born and raised in Penang, a Malaysian island where his ancestors built a gilded temple and central granite square known as Khoo Kongsi in the mid-1800s, according to the Wall Street Journal. Today Khoo Kongsi is part of the Unesco World Heritage Site of the city of George Town.
“Even when I started my career, in 1993, my first house was long and narrow, with moments of light coming in,” he told the Journal. “When you have a linear procession, you can choreograph the experience so that entering a home is sequential: first a dark room, then a light room, then a low ceiling, then a high ceiling.”
“I love negative space,” Chan added. “And I’m sure I learned that from growing up running around in the Khoo Kongsi courtyard.” [WSJ] – Christopher Cameron