Call his houses “crazy”, and Aamer Taher would not take offence. In fact, he might be secretly pleased as that is exactly how he would describe them himself.
When the architect struck out on his own in 1994, the first house he designed was for his father’s boss. The bungalow at Telok Kurau has an upside down curved concrete roof to collect rainwater for the gardens. It seems nutty, but Mr Taher was of the opinion that if he designed a slide that could curve around the house, his client could wake up in the morning, slide down from his bedroom on the second floor right into the pool on the first. ”It’s such a great way to wake up, don’t you think,” he says with a straight face.
The client loved it and the house also caught the attention of design publications around the world. ”I received many calls and jobs after that,” he says. Not bad for someone who started his eponymous firm because he was frustrated working in a corporate office and walked out of his job in a temper.
More recently, a good class bungalow he designed at Swettenham Road is not quite what one would expect of a three-generational home. The client had taken him to see the site, once a forest, before deciding to buy the land.