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’.

Bamboo Book Kiosk Nearly Completed!

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.

Solidarity With Nature Seminar Livestream

We’ll be discussing our take on ‘solidarity with nature’ at an online seminar program at NTU CCA Ideas Fest by @ntu_ccasingapore guest curated by IDEASCITY and NEW MUSEUM NEW YORK. Titled ‘Solidarity with Nature’ catch the livestream from 10.00am to 10.00pm MYT 22nd February 2020 here.

Local and international artists and community leaders will speak on topics including food diasporas, the archives as commons, capitalism and the extreme self, emergent medias and speech, ecofeminism and community, poetics of migration, strategies for combatting climate change, speculative futures, and more.

Listen to Eleena Jamil on GSAPP Conversations Podcast

#GSAPPconversations: A Podcast Series from the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation

In episode #82, architect Eleena Jamil speaks with MARCH student Lucy Navarro about her practice in Southeast Asia. Her work has been founded on research into specific social and climatic imperatives of each project brief within a broader cultural framework. She shares with us her vision on the potential of vernacular architecture and sustainable building materials, such as bamboo and timber, in Kuala Lumpur. Click on image to listen.

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

Sustainablity & Craft at IKN Masterclass

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.

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

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.

Lecture & Exhibition: Construe & Construct

Eleena will be speaking at the Department of Architecture, School of Design & Environment, National University of Singapore on 16th of March 2018 as part of the Construe & Construct Lecture & Exhibition Series.

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

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.

The bamboo classroom today

 

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.