Balik Kampung

Special Mentioned in KLAF 2021 Malaysian House Design Competition 2021

Reminiscence of Bygone Moments

As a multiracial country, Malaysia has been struggling with finding a unifying characteristic that can symbolize its unique mash of cultures. Even with architects emerging left and right during the post-independence era, it did not specifically address the identity of Malaysian Architecture. With the advancement of technology, a house has also become a hollow shell. The house has become generic with no personality and characteristics. The norm of contemporary culture and the social obsession towards an ocularcentric architecture further degrades the idea and essence of a home.

In reality, home is not just four walls and a roof. It is a place that creates moments that sustain generations to come; for them to learn about family, culture, and nurture them into better members of society. Hence, our idea of a Malaysian House is to go back to our roots, back to a laidback and peaceful time before the advancement of technology. It is where everyone can relate, young and old; that joy of ‘balik kampung’ during the festive seasons, where everyone is the most united and portrays the best of our culture, to each of our own.

The design of this Malaysian House intended to live up towards the premise of reminiscing the bygone moments; a place that recalls back the forgotten collective memories of our ‘Kampung’ lifestyle – a place that we once called home. 8 points of bygone moments were formulated and implemented into our design proposal where those points are: [1] Togetherness; courtyard as the ‘heart’ of the home, [2] Selang of Informality; accidental spaces for informal reconnection, [3] Feel the Rain; roof, gutter and pond which respond to the hot and humid climate of Malaysia, [4] Collectivism of Festival; open groundscape area for festival celebration, [5] Intimacy of Relationship; slabless connection between the ground and upper level, [6] Masses Hierarchy; levelling between spaces as a gentle buffer between privacy and spatial hierarchy, [7] Blurring the Threshold; merger of windows and balconies (like a balconette) and last but not least [8] Natural Resemblance; architecture on silt to be resemblance nature and achieve harmony between natural environment and built architecture.

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