Slate patio complements upscale Malaysia residence

August 21, 2001
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
When commissioned to design a patio for a two-story residence on 4,840 acres in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, architect Brian Chien of A-Design Architects, Sdn. Bhd. was faced with a difficult challenge. The design needed to be appropriate for the grandeur of the space, yet be comfortable enough for casual outdoor gatherings. The end result was a thoughtful combination of two varieties of Brazilian slate met both design objectives.

In considering materials for the home - which is located in an exclusive area on the island of Borneo, Malaysia - Chien had very specific considerations. He looked for stones that could provide the right accents to the patio and make it stand out without overwhelming the other materials and overall features of the residence. After considering materials such as marble, granite, quartzite and sandstone, he finally settled on slate. And to determine which variety of slate would be most appropriate, he met with various local suppliers in Malaysia to sample materials from around the world.

Eventually, a meeting with stone supplier, Umehika (M) Sdn. Bhd. of Kuching, led him to green and purple slate varieties quarried and fabricated in Brazil by Micapel. But while Chien was pleased with the aesthetic values of the stone, he also needed to verify the practical qualities of the materials. The architect wanted to ensure that both stones met all the technical requirements of absorption, modulus of rupture, abrasion, resistance, and also that they had the aesthetic capacity to withstand the daily cleaning and wear and tear common to a patio application. After reviewing the test results and project references, the stones were deemed suitable for the project. "The kind of beauty and practicality coupled with toughness called for were there," Chien said, adding that the stones were also approved by the house owner, Dr. George Chan Hong Nam.

An order was placed for a total of 1,300 square feet of the two stones - 650 square feet of each - originating from Brazil. Installation started with a mock-up of the patio floor to ensure that the pieces forming the design pattern would fit properly. The tiles had come from the Brazilian fabricator and exporter in standard sizes of 24 x 24 inches. The design of the floor pattern also required special cuts, which were made by the installer at the job site. Included were geometric shapes such as squares, oblongs, and triangles that integrated both the red and green slate varieties. Once the installers confirmed that the custom-cut pieces and standard pieces would fit properly, the actual setting commenced. And with the slate in place, the design thoughtfully blended the slate with complementary furniture and fixtures to create a balanced and suave decor.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Stone World 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

November 2013 Stone Products Gallery

Take a look at some of the latest stone industry products.


Stone World Magazine

April 2014 stone world cover

2014 April

In this month's issue of Stone World, check out an extensive preview of Coverings 2014, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in April. Also learn more about various types of limestone that were used to build private residences.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine


2014 Spring

This issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design includes our annual focus on Kitchen and Bath design

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Training Program

How formal is your training program for new employees?
View Results Poll Archive

The Stone World Store

How to Polish & Restore Marble Flooring

This video will show you step-by-step how to resurface and polish marble flooring from grinding and removing lippage and scratches to achieving a highly reflective polish.

More Products

Italian Trade Commission Coverings exhibitor preview

Italian Trade Commission logo 2

The Italian Trade Commission is presenting a large group of the most innovative and internationally renowned Italian suppliers of dimensional natural stones. We hope your busy schedule will allow you to join us for a “genuine” espresso in booth N. 4045 and explore the exciting Italian natural stone resources offered by our exhibitors. Check out Italian stone producers exhibiting at Coverings 2014 here!


Stone Industry Education

stone industry educationStone Industry Education is sponsored by Stone World Magazine and Marble Institute of America. The SIE events will help you: strengthen your skills, build your business, and  increase profit in your shop.  Check out to register for upcoming fabricator and installer seminars.


facebook logo Twitter  YouTube