Malaysia Projects

BMW Subway Trains

BMW will be replacing current trains with new subway trains. With the exterior inspired from Kuala Lumpur architecture and the interior based on traditional Kuala Lumpur design.

Designer: BMW


Nusajaya Tech Park

Equipped with ‘environmentally-friendly, integrated business spaces and lush landscaped parks. The Nusajaya Park is ‘a long term, self-sustaining development with a balanced work-play community.’

Designer: AECOM


Citylab Design Studio, Warith Design, green design, sustainable design, Lenggong Valley, visitor center, archaeology, bamboo, bamboo architecture, bamboo building, sustainable architecture, green architecture

Lenggong Valley Visitor Centre

The visitor center will be made from bamboo, which can be grown and cultivated on-site, and it will reintroduce heritage tropical forest’. The Visitor Centre is designed to get visitors into archaeology and the culture of the heritage site.

Designer: Citylab Design Studio



Green Diamond Building

An energy-efficient building that was awarded top prize at the ASEAN Energy Awards.
‘The diamond symbolizes transparency, value and durability [and] optimal design’

Designer: NR Architect


Rapid Transit System Link

An undersea transport system that links Malaysia and Singapore. A high-speed rail will go under the Johor Strait.

Designer: AECOM



South Korea Projects


Ga On Jai

A house designed for maximum space, to keep the privacy and security of the client. It was designed with the idea of a “Madang” (Korean inner court)

Designer: IROJE KHM Architects




From me, Belongs to you only

An exhibition which explores the themes of ‘perfection’, ‘eternal life’, ‘utopia’ as well as others. Through the pieces that Lee has created over her career, such as Korean architecture, humanoid sculptures.

Artist: Lee Bul



ChonGae Canal Restoration Project

The ChonGae Canal was cleaned and transformed into an urban park and public plaza. The plaza represents unification through the use of donated stone from each of the provinces form both North and South Korea

Designer:   Mikyoung Kim Design



Yongsan Park Master Plan

Located in the center of Seoul, the military base turned national park, will be designed with the concept of healing.

Designer: West 8 + IROJE



Dongdaemun Design Plaza

The design of the building incorporates cultural artifacts of Korea as the central element of the design as well as reinterpretation of spacial concepts of traditional Korean garden design. It also includes a park as part of its landscape.

Designer: Zaha Hadid Architects


Week 5 – Two Document Comparison

Culture-Based Knowledge Towards New Design Thinking and Practice

Written as a dialogue between Hazel Clark and Benny Ding Long, this article explores the ‘East-West’ approach to design. The ‘East-West’ is an alternative approach to the ‘homogenous western design’.

This approach uses traditional Chinese culture as the premise for design. It was developed by Long during his time of study, where he realised the belief that ‘Western design thinking should be revised and reoriented and recognised that traditional Chinese creative thinking could be and alternative.

Through further research into traditional Chinese culture design’s value system, Long identified the key components which ‘underpin a theory of design’:

  • Cutural cognition
  • Strategic integration
  • Value orientation

With value orientation comprising of the concepts:

  • Life-Centering
  • Totality
  • Reflectivity
  • Unification

During Long’s study of the ‘inner’ levels of ancient Chinese culture, he draws on Buddhism which proposes that there are three ‘cognitive capabilities for the perception of the world’:

  • Sensation
  • Intuition
  • Intellect

Long ‘uncover[s]’ the three ‘fundamental streams of cognition’, which describe three different strategies to approach design problems:

  • Transcendent
  • Harmonious
  • Progressive


Design, Development, Culture and Cultural Legacies in Asia

The article examines the definition of design in Asia as it has evolved.

The definition of design has evolved through two assumptions. The first being that ‘design as ontological equipment’ exist, where design is a ‘full-fledged discipline’. The second being that design is built upon a nation’s ‘identifiable cultural, socioeconomic, and esthetic aspirations and predictable lifestyle.’

The article then discusses how Asia perceives Western technology as ‘handmaidens of design and harbingers of modernity and their desire to apply onto their own nation. This has led to Asia being seen as ‘slow learners’ rather than ‘late-comers’.

The article then continues to explore how design influence from other nations influence Asia, and the difference the western value and meaning of design and Asia’s value and meaning. That influence caused Asia to adjust to the presence of Western design.



Both articles focus on the definition of design, and how the future of design evolves and is influenced along these definitions. Both also recognize the importance of understanding Asian culture in order to understand their values for design.

Week 3 Design Concept


Throughout the course, I have come to discover that historical Asian design is what is mostly attributed to as Asian design, because of its distinct style. While modern Asian design, incorporates influences from other cultures to bring out a modern style. This design incorporates Asian design and western design by incorporating Chinese lanterns into a design inspired by western chandeliers.

CNC milling would be used to create the octagonal wooden piece which the lanterns are hung upon, as well the frame of the lanterns. The frame of the lanterns would be separated into four identical pieces and milled separately, and later joined with a strong glue. After the frame is assembled, the lighting is wired in. The red paper covering would be cut by hand and glued onto the assembled lantern frame, then gold strips added on top to hide the edges of the red paper covering.

The CNC machine can be found in Building 8 or Building 49. To use the CNC machine, first get you design approved by the technician. Once approved, the technician will upload the file and begin the milling.

Australia in the Asian Century

With the growing economy in Asia, the Asia region requires more designers to keep up with ever-expanding businesses and infrastructure and so demands for designers and modern products is increasing.

As Asia grows, the influence of Asia can no longer go unnoticed and will greatly affect the work of many designers and their works, yet at the same time provides many opportunities. As their economy grows stronger, there are more chances for designers to be involved in the increasing number of development projects.

Australia which is located relatively close to Asia is in a prime position to take advantage of this opportunity to develop and fortify Australia’s already existing relationships with Asia. With the growing number of opportunity for designers in Asia, this is a time where designers are able prosper and flourish.

Design Project 3 – Week 2

Google KL

Google’s Kuala Lumpur Office

Designer: M Moser Associates

Client: Google KL

Design Concept:

Using elements that relate to Malaysia in an abstract way, they provided a design as if ‘giving visitors a journey of discovery’ while also providing ‘a space where everyone could interact’, in order to create  ‘sense of identity that would make their presence known in Kuala Lumpur’