Timber is the most common housing material in Malaysia, but wood is most certainly a finite resource, especially on the islands. That's why WHBC Architects opted to build the Telegraph House with reclaimed wood, largely pulled from old telegraph poles once used in the islands.
WHBC designed the home for a retired British couple who wanted a traditional Malaysian-style home constructed on a hill surrounded by rice paddies. The structural columns for the house are formed by putting four wooden poles next to each other on raised steel bases. These four poles then support beams that stretch between the columns and provide enough support for the roof.