2011-01-20

Balcony Studies

Studies on balcony of low cost, multi-leveled housing in Johor, Malaysia.



    Balcony is an extruded horizontal surface projected from wall of a building from upper level and supported by structures.
In tropical climate, it is usually shaded with overhang, roof structure or another balcony ahead. Balcony is an intermediate space between inside and outside of the building. It gives man a way of dwelling by relating outside to the inside of a building by providing the in-between space. In the process of dwelling, people complements the spaces base on their need by adding bonsais and flowers, putting grills of different pattern and colors for safety of children and security, covering the opened areas with aluminium and glass panels for privacy purposes. As one experience the space of balcony, he is partly inside, and partly outside of the building. It is an important architecture element which provides natural surveillance  for inhabitant towards streets and spaces on the ground level. Personalization on balcony marks a sign of ownership of inhabitants. People uses to dry their clothes by hanging them at balcony because it is a space which would receive a great amount of sunlight and daylight in everyday.