On 19th September 2018, Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay named Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia as the World Book Capital for the year 2020. In conjunction with this, a series of micro-libraries were built all over the city. The Bamboo library located within the grounds of Perdana Botanical Gardens was designed by us as part of the initiative.
Here are the latest pictures of our mini library at Perdana Botanical Gardens Kuala Lumpur. Nearing completion, this little structure will serve as a free book kiosk built out of bamboo and colourful translucent polycarbonates. It is located right next to the bamboo playhouse and is conceived as part of Kuala Lumpur World Book Capital 2020 program.
The proposal explores the potential of using bamboo to build permanent and comfortable contemporary homes in urban and suburban areas. It references typical terrace houses built across Malaysia characteristic of 22 feet wide frontages that overlooks out to the street. The underlying idea is change the perception of bamboo into a modern and everyday construction material just like bricks, steel or concrete. Read about the project on designboom
Its been hectic for our team trying to complete this little structure in a week, but we are extremely pleased with the results. As part of World Urban Forum installations, the pavilion – called the urban brains – will act as an incubator of ideas where visitors are encouraged to express their urban pledges for a better city by writing them down on the coloured bamboo rings.
We are pleased to announce that we are working on the “Urban Brain” pavilion, a bamboo installation designed by us in collaboration with UN-HABITAT (represented by architects Carmelo Ignaccolo and Anastasia Ignatova) for the World Urban Forum 9 Kuala Lumpur running from the 7 through to 13 February 2018. More details will be available soon.
The process of architecture is complex and at the building site is where ideas start to take shape under the impact of a complex handcrafted process. During the making of a building, the character of the project, its material presence and construction language start to emerge. For us, building construction is a reciprocal process – we feed information to help it take shape but we also learn from it. Our Bamboo Playhouse exhibit for KLAF2017 documents the complex and lengthy process of design and construction in a series of sketches, working models, site photos, mock-ups and reports.
Our bamboo pavilion in Kuala Lumpur has been shortlisted for the LEAF Awards 2016 (Leading Architecture Forum Award 2016) in the Best Sustainable Development category. Winners will be announced at the LEAF Awards Gala Dinner in London on the 14th October 2016.
We are pleased to see the playhouse being used as it was intended for – a flexible space for the public to enjoy. A colouring competition was held there recently, with children using the space in numerous ways. A traditional dance performance also took place at the pavilion, with each dancer occupying an individual deck.
The Bamboo Playhouse is shortlisted in the ‘small projects category’ at the World Architecture Festival 2015. We will be presenting the project at the festival in Singapore which runs from the 4th through to the 6th of November 2015.
Completed almost 6 years ago in 2009, we are pleased to see that our wind-resilient bamboo classroom prototype in Camarine-Sur, Philippines (the Millennium School Project) is still standing strong and wonderfully adapted by elementary school pupils.
Our Bamboo Playhouse project has been shortlisted in the “Future Culture Projects’ category at the World Architecture Festival 2014. We will be presenting the project during the festival which will run from the 1st to 3rd of October 2014 at Marina Bay Sands Singapore