The importance of original ideas in real estate

DESIGN originality and functionality of a real estate project are paramount for its success and sustainability.  

Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) president Dr Tan Loke Mun said an original design by creative architects would add value and create new landmarks in the built environment.  

A better-designed environment would also promote greater productivity and comfort for the occupants, he added.  

Tan said a highly regarded architectural work should have originality of thought, great concept and project execution, and a final product that touches the emotions.  

“Benefits are of course the added value that good designs bring.  

“Other considerations when designing a real estate project include the site, context, culture, building use and its relationship to the people who will use the spaces,” he added. 

On whether the aesthetics or functionality of a building was more important, he said great buildings must function as well as looked great.  

To promote greater creativity and excellence in the industry, it is important to hire the best talents and trust them to put their best foot forward.  

“It must be clearly stated that good buildings need not be large ostentatious landmarks. Size does not matter. Often the simplest of buildings can be iconic such as the renowned Barcelona Pavilion by famous German-born Ludwig Mies van der Rohe,” Tan explained. 

Hin Tan Architect is involved in the design of the Mother Teresa International Airport inAlbania

Van der Rohe is noted for promoting simple modernistic buildings that are composed from a series of walls, steel columns and flat roofs.  

In his designs, the pavilions draw in the external spaces and the simple array of wall panels creates very interesting spaces.  

On the challenges faced by industry practitioners, Tan said: “Current weaknesses that hinder good architectural work range from interference from a host of people who think they know more or are better in designs. The long drawn process to get buildings from the drawing boards to its built completion also poses a challenge.” 

For Malaysia to further develop its real estate potential and draw foreign investors, it would be necessary to make the country more competitive in all fronts, he said.  

Meanwhile, construction media group BCI Asia will be conferring awards on the busiest architectural firms this year in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. 

According to BCI Asia chief executive officer Dr Matthias Krups, the architectural business is a difficult one with professionals negotiating their way through a “minefield” of stakeholders - clients, government agencies, local communities, competing firms, contractors, trades people, product distributors and consulting engineers. 

The recipients for this year’s top 10 awards in Malaysia are Akitek Suria, ARC Partnership, Architects Sixone, Arkitek MAA, BEP Akitek, GDP Architects, GRA Architects, NRY Architects, RSP Akitek and Veritas Architects. 

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