Eleena Jamil Architect
The Desa Mahkota is a national secondary school located in the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
The local firm Eleena Jamil Architect created their design with the concept of unity amongst both teachers and students, as well as the interaction of natural elements in a hope to improve the standard typology typically found in the area.
All classrooms are naturally ventilated, and heat is absorbed by the concrete slabs during the day and is released at night through natural ventilation. Each linear block has sun shading fins located on their south facades and all classes are facing onto green courtyards for that indoor outdoor experience.
Ed Chew is a Malaysian designer who studied at Deakin University in Melbourne. EDCHEW Architect is a professional architectural firm duly registered with the Board of Architect Malaysia and Malaysia Institute of Architect.
Tetra Box Lamp is a lighting design by Ed Chew that emphasises recyclability and sustainability of an every day object. By taking an every day object such as ‘packet drinks’ and manipulating its form by cutting and folding in an origami inspired fashion, Ed is able to create a geodesic looking lighting fixture, with his sights not only set on small scale objects, but also the though of creating architectural structures in the same fashion.
“We could possibly achieve building a spherical pavilion as big as a house!”
Lamp Size: 260mm diameter.
Material: Discarded packet drinks boxes.
Boxes Required: Approximately 450 empty boxes.
Number of Hexagons required: 108 pieces
Number of Pentagons required: 12 pieces
WHBC Architects working with Orang Asli of Malaysia
The aim of this project was to create a unity of sustainable local craft from the Orang Asli of Malaysia while providing modern amenities designed by Wen Hsia Ang who is one half of WHBC Architects. The instillation consists of eight cubicles of toilets and shower rooms, the structural frames where made up of timber and steel scaffolding, and the roof being made of a large transparent acrylic sheet was decided as it would maximise the penetration of daylight and ventilation. This modern frame work was to be finished off in a traditional fashion, whereby lush bamboo, berth and nipah skin would be traditionally woven and attached to the walls of the frame, in doing so bringing together the modern and the traditional. As well as on a humanistic note having that exchange of knowhow in regards to the locals learning of non-indiginous trades, septic tanks and toilet services, the outsiders where learning of native plants and traditional weaving methods.
I personally really love this idea of mixing modern techniques with century old methods, or modernising with traditional methods.
Concept design from Studio Nicoletti Associati, an Italian design ferm to create an estate located 30km south of Kuala Lumpur. The design rational was to create a sustainable residential design that was inspired by the city’s unique landscape which includes an expansive artificial lake. The client: Putrajaya waterfront known as Precinct 4