High-rise homes has always been part of the Malaysia’s urban landscape, where the form part of a solution to the problems of housing the urban poor. Some of the earliest high-rise housing developments in the country are the Rifle Range flats in Penang and the Jalan Pekeliling Flats along Jalan Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur, where industrialised or prefabricated building systems were used under the initiative by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government.
Our proposal for high-rise homes explores built forms to improve ventilation, lighting and privacy, which can be challenging when the towers soars between 17 to 20 storeys. Passive solar strategies are used throughout the design as a means of achieving comfortable conditions.
Like their predecessors, industrialised building systems and modular forms are used to ensure high standards of construction and keeping cost within an acceptable range. Here, the concept of modularity is explored as a way of offering various house types in the industrialised production of high-quality homes.
This is a research project carried out in collaboration with Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (CREAM) a subsidiary of Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)