This Malaysia based
architect designed for the Malaysian Government office complex,
hostels, schools, hospitals and clinic.
Design and construct a cost-efficient
structure within the confined space of a small site. It comprises a
fully-fledged office area, conference centre, theatre, nursery, gym,
public gallery and a 2-storey car park.
concept was a contemporary building
specially adapted to the demanding
Tropical climate of high temperatures, high
humidity and heavy tropical
The design evolved in stages and at
differing times before attaining the present form. The final sketch design was
in two weeks, and
physical construction took a total
of two and a half years.
The application of Tropical Architecture
is everywhere in
dramatic curved roof protects the building
from the harsh Tropical sun
and Monsoon rain. Large overhangs cover the
entire perimeter of the building. The
front of the building faces west,
so generous use of aluminum louvers
help to shade the building from the
low afternoon sun. The building itself
is actually rectangular in shape,
with columns spaced at intervals of
8.3 meters, which is derived from
the car-parking width of 3 cars. The curving of the roof,
louvers and canvas canopy create the distinct
impression of Malaysian
This is a good
example of an energy-efficient
seen in the roof and sun shades,
which have the effect of reducing the
heat load to the house. A high percentage of direct
sunlight is blocked out from reaching the building at all times.
Consequently, the building uses a lot less energy for cooling.
Moreover, the building is designed to be earth-quake proof. Chin Architect
is a local architect
based in Sabah
therefore familiar with the climatic and local council’s requirements.
Thus able to design plans that suit the local condition perfectly. The roof
frames were set out
on a factory floor, and inspected
and approved by the architect
and engineer before a life-size mock-up was erected in the factory. Only
after a full inspection and
approval was given did fabrication begin.
The roof trusses were completed in
many segments and transported to the site 300km away by trucks. The
segments were hoisted by crane to
the top of the building, and assembled in sequence from the edges
of the building. We were relieved
when it expired that they met in
the middle of the roof pitch.
Chin Architect is designed the
Interior of this massive Halls,
Counters, Back drops also.
The end-product is a successful application of modern styling
, using locally-made materials which are adapted to the local climate, all of which points to the competency
of a local architect