A pavilion made from circular bamboo rings has been designed and built in collaboration with UNHabitat for the World Urban Forum 2018 which Kuala Lumpur city hosted from the 7th through to the 13th of February 2018. Situated in an open square next to Klang River which forms one of the oldest part of the city, the bamboo structure is surrounded by old colonial buildings and tall modern structures.

The design comprises of four bamboo screen walls enclosing a space of 4 metres by 4 metres in plan. The walls are covered with 7000 rings cut from bamboo poles which are left over from previous projects. Semi-translucent coloured panels, alluding to the colours of UN sustainable design goals, cover some of the bamboo rings in a random manner.

The bamboo pavilion is also known as the ‘Urban Brains’ where it will act as an incubator of sustainable urban design ideas. Visitors are encouraged to express their pledges for a better city by writing them down on the coloured bamboo rings. At the end of the forum, the pavilion was donated to the Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environment Design of International Islamic University of Malaysia where it now sits in a sheltered courtyard of its campus in Gombak.

Architect: Eleena Jamil Architect
Collaborator: UNHabitat (represented by Carmelo Ignaccolo and Anastasia Ignatova)
Eleena Jamil Architect Team: Yusri Amri Yussoff, Nurhidayah Ab Razak, Barbara Chang, Nur Azreen Md Ramli, Tan Min Chuen, Hanisah Nordin, Nurnajdah Najib
Bamboo Workshop: Bamboo Jungle Adventures (Ir. Ahmad Mazlan, Soufiyan Arkalou, Quentin Ceroy, M. Talha Banggis, Basti Goodman, Justin B. Simoneau, Anwar Mohamed Amir Sapiha, Zamri, Azmi, Azlan, Mior Amaran, Mohd Puad, Wazir, Jan Schwez)
Dimension: 4m x 4m x 2.8m (height)
Location: Medan Pasar, Kuala Lumpur
Year: 2018
Photographs: Pixelaw