In the last phases of completion are these series of eight workshop blocks for a vocational college in Juasseh. They will be used to teach industrial techonology courses such as construction, electrical and mechanical systems to teenagers. This is reflected in the architecture of the blocks with the use materials in their industrial state to create structures, partitions and sun shading devices. More details coming soon.
We have been working on the An Urgent Situation: Rethinking Tourism through Architecture, Art and Community https://www.praksisoslo.org/residencieslist/r20 project organised by Praksis Oslo (Nicholas Jones & Charlotte Teyler) in partnership with Don Lawrence, Tanja Thorjussen and Ketut Karya exploring the future of tourism in terms of design and architectural sustainability and their impact on local communities. The project began with a two-part online residency discussing issues which resulted in a design manifesto as well as exciting ideas on how to develop Samong Haven site in Sumberkima, Bali.
This month we are all at Samong Haven to explore and develop some of these ideas we have been discussing online. Residency participants include Zhe Rui Chen, Stephanie Florence, Kyrre Kalseth, Hans-Petter Bjørnådal, Johanne Dalemark, Eric Almberg, Ahmad Darkhabani, Afaf Ismail, ,Tadeo Nedala, Doriane Happel, Stephanie Florence, Majoren Tegnestue, Eric Almberg
Happy to be modelmaking again after a long pandemic-led hiatus. Here’s our first in a long time for a ‘cafe cum plant nursery’ scheme: a model made of balsa wood to represent bamboo, blue coloured elements denote steel work and laser-cut boards for perforated brickwork.
Rad about our story in ‘Self-Made: Creative Lives in Southeast Asia’ by Stephanie Peh – a book about ‘start-up stories of architects, artists, designers, photographers and filmmakers and how they navigate through terrains of uncertainty to pursue their dreams while keeping the lights on’.
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.
Embracing year 2020 with much enthusiasm and excitement for forthcoming exhibitions, talks, a book publication in progress and a number of live projects due for completion. Image is of terasek house in its final stages of construction. More details of this project in the upcoming months.
As we are struggling to cope with our consumption waste, carelessly disposing it into the atmosphere, land and ocean, we ran a masterclass at Institut Kraftangan Malaysia with British Council Arts exploring the relationships between arts and crafts and sustainability. Students gather surplus, waste and biodegradable materials found around their homes and studios and develop ideas how they may be incorporated into their work. This session is developed by British Council Arts Malaysia under the #CraftingFutures 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
This week we are running one of the masterclasses for the Crafting Futures Pop-up Studio at Institut Kraftangan Negara organised by British Council Arts Malaysia and Glasgow School of Art, where we are also commissioned to design a ‘pavilion-like’ bamboo structure. The pavilion will act as a framework and a physical symbol of the “Pop-up Studio” intervention by IKN students from the weaving, ceramic, metalwork, woodwork and batik studios. Look up our twitter and Instagram accounts for updates of their progress.
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We are looking forward to a new year at the studio with a number of projects in various stages of completion. Look out for updates on EJA.