Friday, March 23, 2012

Fancy living in an Upside Down House?

It is a cozy looking small house with the area of 140sq. metre, comes equipped with a kitchen, dining room, living room, bathroom, bedrooms with its interior decorated with many unique features of Sabah...just right for a small family. Everything had been placed upside from its roof to its floor including a Kancil parked in the garage, fridge, stove and rice cooker in the kitchen as well as a functioning old sewing machine. The house is furnished with various native arts and crafts apart from the everyday household items and sofa sets.

Alexander Yee, a Sabahan has forked out half a million ringgit to build Malaysia’s first upside down house to send out an environmental message. The unusual structure at Kampung Bantayan-Telibong, about 40km from the city, was worth every sen. Alexander Yee, who owns a construction firm besides operating a tourist lodge (Trekkers Lodge) in the wildlife-rich Kinabatangan district in Sabah’s east coast believes if humans keep exploiting natural resources at the current rate , sooner or later we will find our world upside down.

The upside down house took nearly six months to build which it involved reinforcing the roof, walls and the floor from where the interior furnishings were suspended. The unique house on the foothills of Mount Kinabalu has attracted more than 3,000 visitors ever since it was opened to the public. The house is a mix of ethnic Sino-dusun and Dusun style. 

The upside-down house of Borneo is probably the only one in South-East Asia, though there are more then a dozen houses and buildings built with the upside down concept across the globe, including in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. So far, The Malaysia Book of Records has confirmed the house is one of its kind in the country.