A Library for A Village

 

Kampung Endah Library: We have recently completed a library in a Malaysian west coast village called Kampung Endah with a population for 2000 people. The new library has been remodelled from an existing dilapidated structure. More details here. 

Bamboo Micro-library Completed

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.

Our story is featured on ‘Self-made’

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’.

Happy New Year

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.

We are featured on ‘Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women’

We are featured in ‘Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women’ written by Jane Hall and published by Phaidon – A visual survey of architecture designed by women from the early twentieth century to the present day #breakingground #architecturebywomen #phaidonpublications

Lights up at Masjid Karwa

 

Pleased to be handing over this mosque to the local community in the weeks to come. More details of this project available soon. Photos by Marc Tey

Gearing up for Masjid Karwa Completion

 

Our Karwa mosque located in the urban setting of Tanjong Tokong in the island of Penang is in its final lap of completion. This new urban mosque replaces an old structure located in a busy intersection of an old Malay neighboourhood within the bustling north eastern part of the island. More details coming soon.

Bamboo Terrace Homes

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

Wangsa House

Wangsa House is a refurbishment of an existing semi-detached house in a state of disrepair to bring in more light and air through blurring f boundaries. More details of this project to follow soon.

Lecture & Exhibition at ARCHI-DEPOT Museum Tokyo

Our work form part of an exhibition at ARCHI-DEPOT Museum in Tokyo running from 6th of February through to 6th of May 2019. In conjunction with the exhibition, our principal is invited to speak at the ‘Commemorative Talk’ at the museum on the 23rd of February 2019. Also speaking are Indonesian architect Andra Matin and Japanese architect Fuminori Nousaku.

 





Photos by Takuya Wakabayashi

IKN Pop-up Studio & Bamboo Pavilion

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.

Click here for more project details

 

A New Year at the Studio

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.

Just completed! An Interior Fit-out for a Research Office

We have just completed an interior fit out exercise for a research institute in Kuala Lumpur where workspace partitions are crafted from industrial polycarbonate sheets and acoustic fabric panels framed with laminated rubberwood. Rubberwood are obtained from rubber trees and is considered an eco-friendlier source of timber than other hardwood types as they are faster to grow and are often leftovers from plantations after their ‘trees have ceased producing rubber sap’. The semi-translucent polycarbonate panels of the partitions provide privacy to workers without cutting off visual connection completely.

For more details of project, click here.

WUF09KL Bamboo Pavilion

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.

WUF09KL Bamboo Pavilion in progress

 

2 weeks to WUF09 KL and we’re testing a mock-up of bamboo rings on frames at the workshop for Urban Brains Bamboo Pavilion.

World Urban Forum 09 Kuala Lumpur runs from the 7th through to the 13th of February 2018.

 

WUF09 Urban Brain Bamboo Pavilion – Part 1

 

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.

Sri Rampai Pedestrian Bridge on designboom

The Sri Rampai Pedestrian Bridge spans across a busy dual-carriageway in a thriving residential and business neighbourhood of Wangsa Maju, to the east of Kuala Lumpur. It forms part of a wider redevelopment of the area that turned it into a vibrant self-contained township featuring housing, malls, shops and offices. This 110-meter-long bridge provides a safe pedestrian crossing between the main commercial areas and the LRT (light rapid train) station.

Read further on designboom

Our New Studio

 

We have recently completed a new studio designed by ourselves in Cyberjaya where spaces are conceived as a series of dark and light zones to suggest quiet and livelier collaborative working environments.  The main working studio has a layout that is light-filled and open, allowing everyone in the EJA family to sit together in a single tall space, creating a vibrant and efficient communicative environment.

https://ej-architect.com/portfolio/eja-studios/

Bamboo Playhouse at KLAF2017

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.

Meranti Pavilion at AIA Conference 2017 in Orlando (2)

Pleased with the efficient ‘mock’ assembly of timber modules at the workshop, the Meranti Pavilion is now ready to be disassembled and shipped to Orlando for the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017. The pavilion will be placed at the  expo hall booth 1147: Malaysian Timber Council.

Bamboo Playhouse shortlisted for LEAF Awards 2016

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.

LIVING MONSOON Design Talk 03 Cochin India

Eleena will be speaking at LIVING MONSOON Design Talk 03 in Cochin India on the 23rd of April 2016. The talk is organised by the Indian Institute of Architects – Cochin Centre and will be held at the Gateway Hotel, Marine Drive, Cochin. The Theme: ‘LIVING MONSOON’ is a curated series of design talks with the objective of igniting deliberations on authentic culture of architecture and urbanism appropriate to the climes, environs and socio – cultural dynamics of regions with high precipitation and bio diversity in the Tropical zone. It is a two-year program that will culminate in April 2017 with a global congregation of architects & scholars.  https://www.facebook.com/livingmonsoon/

Bamboo Playhouse in use

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.

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Sri Rampai Pedestrian Bridge Completed

Rampai Bridge_1We have recently completed a pedestrian bridge spanning across a busy road in Wangsa Maju area of Kuala Lumpur. The bridge allows pedestrians to safely cross from a large retail/business park to a light rapid transit (LRT) train station nearby.

Click here to learn more about the project. Photo by Pixelaw.