DESIGN THESIS

COORDINATED BY AZARI MAT YASIR

THESIS STAGE 2

This marks the final stage of the Architectural Design Thesis courses. At the fourth semester, students are expected to produce a complete scheme combining their chosen Pre-Thesis and expanding it into a full fledged architectural outcome.

Students no longer belong under any particular unit. Instead, they are supervised by individual experts and continuously develop both the design and the dissertation throughout the semester. At the end of the day, they are required to present and defend against representatives of The School in a grand viva voce.

The works featured below are the collection of graduating LAM Part 2 students and their presentation videos.

STUDENT DRIVEN THESIS

2019/20 Semester 2

MUHAMMAD ADRI IMRAN BIN RAMLI

HIGHSTREET INTERSECTION TOWER – VERTICAL WALKABILITY

Supervised by:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Khairul Anward b. Khaidzir

The term walkability implies multiple definitions relating to social sustainability, social resilience, livability and social equity, and primarily defines the usability of connections and linkages adjacent to socially accessible spaces. When only the act of walking is considered the constant for designing walkable buildings and not the plane of movement, the possibilities expand to not only horizontal walkability but the vertical axis of walkability, combining all axes of movement – alternatives not only for staircases and elevators but the floors included. Combining all elements of circulation of a building will ultimately redefine the configuration of conventional building planning and design from stratified planes to a single completely connected endless plane of circulation that blurs the boundaries and divisions between levels and floors or eliminates them altogether.
The proposed project is a replacement of the nearly depleted Bus Terminal Pekeliling, a bus station that was completed before the location became a hectic transit intersection hub. Now accommodating more than 4 different types of transit facilities including a Light Rapid Transit (LRT) facility, a Monorail facility, intercity bus stops and an under construction Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) facility nearing completion, all adjacent to the boundaries of the site. The proposed building is a mixed-used transit-oriented development that addresses the connection and required amenities in relation to the surrounding transit facilities, while addressing the prominent macro typology of health and medical facilities within the vicinity with walkability and the continuation of the pedestrian walkways as the design determinant that forms the character and functionality of the overall structure and planning.

DAVID NEE ZHI KANG

THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY OF ARCHITECTURE: META-RIG

Supervised by:

Azari Mat Yasir
Ar. Razin Mahmood

The circular economy redefines the business model toward the looped life-cycle application of the material to replace the current practice of the linear economy. From the architecture perspective, it can be an advantage to reshape design and construction practice since the built environment is one of the major contributions to global wastage. The design integrates the concept of the circular economy to redefine a new framework of metabolic life-cycle within the building. It is to prolong the usability of building components to avoid obsolescence state. The sociological aspect will also be considered as part of the circular economy design strategies..

MOHD KAMAL EMIR FARHAN BIN ABDUL KAMALUDIN

ENHANCING THE LIVABILITY OF LAKE TITIWANGSA THROUGH LAKE TITIWANGSA KAYAK CENTRE

Supervised by:

Dr. Sharifah Salwa Syed Mahdzar

Kuala Lumpur is a develop city and Lake Titiwangsa is part of green lung for Kuala Lumpur city. Lake Titiwangsa has become the focal point for the society within Kuala Lumpur in doing recreational activities. Despite that, the spatial circulation of the Lake remain the same from 15 years ago and the water activities seems hidden from the user of the lake. Through this, a spatial reconfiguration and water activities enhancement has been develop by the student in order to enhance the livability of the Lake Titiwangsa as well reinstalling the spirit of the place.

LO WEI MENG

BAMBOO HIGH-RISING: BAMBOO AS THE BUILDING MATERIAL FOR MODERN HIGH-RISES

Supervised by:

Dr. Aiman Mohd Rashid
Ar. Md. Razin b Mahmood

Construction industry accounts as a threat to the environment, not only in terms of high consumption of natural resources but also in emitting million tons of carbon emission annually. High energy embodied building materials have been widely introduced and used for construction without taking considerations on the life cycle of buildings and its materials. Meanwhile, the traditional building construction practices persists to be time consuming and contributes a lot of construction wastage into our landfills. Therefore, the issue opens up the opportunity to look into an alternative sustainable sustainable building material such as bamboo to challenge the traditional construction methods while exploring the alternatives in building high-rise. 

LEE SHUN SHIAN

SUNGAI GOMBAK LEISURE COMMUNITY PIER

Supervised by:

Dr. Sharifah Salwa Syed Mahdzar

The villages-villages settlements along the riverside of Gombak river forms the values of the local identity and cultural of the Gombak river. However, the fragmentation in social and functional development along Gombak river has resulted in the loss of social engagement and belonging sense of the Gombak river. Thus, the objective is to rejuvenate the rafting and fishing activities for the user through bridging the rafting and fishing cultural activities to the public.

Encourage closer social interaction and better understand of public to the rafting cultural to create a strong sense of community and enhance the social sustainability of Gombak river. Static activities of the local community neighbourhood including their movement pattern and behavioural activities are analysed using space syntax to help to understand the importance and sensitivity of the context of its locality. It also helps to recognize the importance of the riverfront development to promote community engagement in the urban city.

NG KAR KING

HOT SPRINGS RESEARCH INSTITUTE: REVITALISING SETAPAK OLD TOWN THROUGH PEDESTRIAN ACCESSIBILITY

Supervised by:

Dr. Wan Mohd Zakri b Wan Abdullah
Dr. Sharifah Salwa bt Syed Mahdzar

Setapak old town, a historic small town situated along Jalan Pahang north of Kuala Lumpur city centre, suffers a decline in vitality despite being spatially accessible as indicated by the desirable integration value of space syntax analysis. An investigation conducted has identified that poor pedestrian accessibility has compromised the liveliness of the town.

Thus, the architectural design thesis aims to design a Hot Springs Research Institute as a pedestrian link to the adjacent Ayer Panas neighbourhood to enhance the pedestrian accessibility at Setapak old town.

The thesis also addresses the issue of untapped potential of natural hot springs in Malaysia as portrayed by the neglected Setapak Hot Spring which is now engulfed by private development. The thesis also criticises the exclusive nature of research institutions architectural typology in Malaysia, and reimagine research institution as a part of public realm that is accessible by the public through incorporation of publicly-relevant spaces.

THAI CHEE YONG

SEREMBAN STORYHOUSE: NARRATIVE ARCHITECTURE AS COLLECTIVE MEMORIES RECUPERATION

Supervised by:

Dr. Lim Yong Long
Dr. Doris Toe Hooi Chyee

Seremban with its relatively small land area packed with at least 9 cinemas to services its community in the past century. Cinemas have participated in the history of Seremban and has significance values in the locus of Seremban City. Therefore, Seremban is potentially one of the city that boost the economical values of the film industry. Seremban Storyhouse is an adaptive reuse project of an unused theatre known as Majestic Theatre or Golden City Cinema in Seremban. The project aims to rejuvenate Seremban through infilling the urban void which works as a narrative architecture to collect, preserve and disseminate collective memories.

KHASRUL HANIF HAZIRIN BIN MOHD YUSOF

RTIST DESIGNER CENTRE: DAYLIT COWORKING OFFICE FOR DESIGNERS

Supervised by:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lim Yaik Wah

RTIST Designer Centre focuses on daylight harvesting to allow natural daylighting into the building by using passive design strategy for daylit office environment. The idea of having a daylit office is to highlight numerous benefits of daylight in many aspects towards health and architectural efficiency.

The building functions as coworking office which each floor determined by the amount of illuminance required, and floor area needed based on types of designers that the client provided. The office designed for fully daylit environment, and interactive sharing spaces for the whole building that went concurrently with the idea of energy saving for building.

YAP TING SING

STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE THE SOCIABILITY OF WET MARKET, CASE STUDY OF CHOW KIT WET MARKET

Supervised by:

Dr. Lim Yong Long
Ar. Chan Wai Lai

During the past, wet market was not only a place for local people to purchase merchandises. It was a gathering platform that allowed the local to spend their time carrying out social activities. This caused the wet market to become the centre point of a community, and thus, becoming one of the main components that aided in growing a city. However, the identity of the wet market as a sociable place is gradually losing due to a variety of unsolved issues that have been created along the time.

By facing these problems, we are losing the jewel that helps bring flourishment to a city and community. Same goes to the situation of the Chow Kit Wet market. Thus, this session will discuss on the sociability of wet market, and bringing out with the basis strategies that can improve the sociability of the wet market. The strategies can act as the guideline for the future researchers or designers to improve the situation of the wet market.

WAN IZZ NAUFAL BIN WAN ISMAIL

CHOW KIT VISITOR AND ART CENTER

Supervised by:

Dr. Wan Mohd Zakri b Wan Abdullah
Ar. Chan Wai Lai

The areas surrounding Chow Kit has seen a large development change the focuses on economic and social developments, namely the Kampung Baru Redevelopment Scheme and the River of Life. Chow Kit is sandwiched between these two large developments, which creates endless potential for its community and built environment to be connected to the surrounding development.

With the potential urban walk connection from Kampung Baru through Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman along Chow Kit, towards SOGO, the proposed visitor and arts center aims to be a starting/end to the journey of experiencing Chow Kit, while also being a platform for local talents and communities to gather and upscale their abilities and knowledge. The design aims to utilize placemaking and transit-oriented development (TOD) principles in its architectural space making, urban relationships, and formulation of building programs

MUHAMAD SYAHMI BIN MOHD NOR

SAJ-NAHRIM AQUATECH CENTER: INTEGRATED WATER AND WIND AS BUILDING COOLING STRATEGY IN THE TROPICS

Supervised by:

Dr. Aiman Mohd Rashid
Ar. Razin Mahmood

Veridia Lakeside is located in Medini township where its urban heat index and water stress index is high. However, the site also shows a significant rainfall and wind speed data. SAJ-NAHRIM Aquatech Center at the area is an architectural exploration which aims to establish design alternative for building cooling strategy in the tropics. Thus, the Author proposes a solution which integrates both water and wind in building design to test their cooling capability. The design depicts a detailed climatic response through form-making, cooling-tech and spatial arrangement in the building proposal which is proven using water and wind simulations. All in all, the thesis explores the strategies for water and wind harvesting, cooling and experience in a building as an environmentally-sustainable cooling alternative in the hot and humid climate.

MUHAMMAD FAIEZ BIN MD. GHAZAZI

SENTUL PAVILLION: A NEW LANDMARK FOR BANDAR BARU SENTUL

Supervised by:

Dr. Sharifah Salwa Syed Mahdzar

The Author proposing Sentul Pavillion as a new landmark for Bandar Baru Sentul by improving spatial legibility through connectivity and visibility analysis

SITI FARWIZAH BT MD YUSOF

BUILDING SENSE OF COMMUNITY THROUGH FASHION DESIGN LEARNING HOUSE

Supervised by:

Ar. Noraslinda bt Abdul Rahman
Azari Mat Yasir

There are no specific place for a person to get creative but how a design student can ensure this process to take place at their workplace through the physical work environment no matter if their workplaces are in the studio, hostel or their own house? This thesis studied what Architecture students thought on what is necessary for them to enhance and increase their creativity at their own respective workplaces.

AIN NADHIRAH BT ISMAIL

THE VIRIDEA SOHO: SELF SUFFICIENT ENERGY BUILDING

Supervised by:

Azari Mat Yasir
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lim Yaik Wah

Photovoltaic usually used on the building roof in order to achieve maximum solar penetration. However, through various studies from researchers, BIPV now days can be as efficient as on roof panel by having correct tilt angle of the photovoltaic panel on building vertical façade which allows direct solar irradiance to the panel itself. It can gives advantages on generating electricity by solar energy as well as can help to shade building as it is used as a shading device. Thus, this research attempt to achieve low energy building through integrated shading device as building envelop in tropical sky condition.

PUTRI NUR SARAH SYAHIRAH BT SULAIMAN

ARCHITECTURE AS A LIVING ECOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Supervised by:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Khairul Anwar b. Khaidzir

Mangrove ecological research station is a “Living Ecological Infrastructure” in supporting coastal mangrove rehabilitation and protecting coastline from severe erosion through three main strategy; i.e. dissipate: wave evergy, stimulate: support biodiversity through rehabilitation, and educate: coastal community as coastal guardian. Thus, in achieving the objectives, floating, elevating, and tetrahedral modular structure are synergized crossing on land, on water, and under water, as a living ecological infrastructure for a healthy symbiotic relationship of coastal ecosystem. The innovation demonstrate the basis of architecture of art and science integrated ecologically, to foster a sustainable social- ecological model, for future coastal developpment. It is also act as a tool in achieving five focused Sustainable Development Goal. SDG 9, 11, 13, 14, and 15, that to protect the planet and people to enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

LIM JIA SING

SEREMBAN PEWTERAIL JUNCTION: CRAFTS AND HERITAGE DISTRICT AS URBAN ARMATURE IN CONNECTING SEREMBAN DECAYING FABRICS

Supervised by:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Khairul Anward b. Khaidzir

This thesis is about a craft and heritage district that acts an urban armature in connecting Seremban decaying fabrics. It has addressed the issue of connectivity between the oldest town in Seremban and residential area by reviving the brownfield. The abandoned depot with cultural significance which located on the site has been conserved in order to respond to the issue of the lack of historical awareness among the locals.

The thesis design aim is to propose a meeting place between people, heritage building and the Seremban old town through minimal intervention to the heritage building but at the same time celebrates hundred years of railways passing over history in a new language to let the past participated in the present activities.

RADIN FATIHAH SYUHADAH

INTERACTIVE MULTI-STOREY DWELLING: ENCOURAGING MULTI-GENERATIONAL INTERACTION

Supervised by:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdullah Sani Ahmad
Dr. Roshida Abdul Majid

Social sustainability is a critical issue that needs to be addressed especially at multi-storey housing. The social spaces are usually limited and monotonous. There is an urgent need for sustainable and quality development of an affordable housing scheme within the key urban areas. The thesis aims to elevate social sustainability in the multi-storey dwelling with the objectives of identify the definition of social interaction, identifying the social interaction problems faced by the occupants in the multi-storey dwelling and to design a habitate that encourage social interaction.

The current design of affordable housing is insufficient to fully maximise interactions. The housing scheme needs to undergo a paradigm shift and focus on the social aspect that can contribute to a greater cause instead of considering only the functional aspects. Therefore, future multi-storey dwelling needs to be the birthplace in encouraging social interaction and cohesiveness. Through the placemaking theory, meaningful spaces can be created to encourage social interactions as a way forward for social sustainability in Malaysia.

AHMAD SYAHIR B AHMAD JAMALUDDIN

REGIONALISM ARCHITECTURE OF SERI MENANTI THROUGH THE DESIGN OF ISLAMIC SCHOOL

Supervised by:

Ar. Noraslinda bt Abdul Rahmand
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Raja Nafida bt Raja Shahminan

Seri Menanti, an isolated town in Negeri Sembilan where the palace Istana Lama Seri Menanti has been recognized by Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR) as the highest timber palace in the country. As time passed, the customs and heritage left by this historic city began to fade and disappeared in modernization.

The results of the field study have found that some schools in Seri Menanti have neglected the features of the local architecture and made the design too alienated to the site which is considered to be a historically sensitive context. This study focuses on the features of regional architecture in Seri Menanti by examining local architectural styles, factors that influence it and the philosophy behind it. The results of the study will explain the richness and grandeur of regionalism architectural features that have transcended their ages, and the importance of preserving this national architectural treasure.

All works featured here have been submitted as part of the academic exercise for the Master of Architecture programme in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

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