THE 18th International Architecture, Interior Design and Building Exhibition (Archidex) is currently on at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
More than 36,000 visitors from the architecture fraternity, both local and international, are expected to attend the exhibition. They include architects, interior designers, property developers and building industry players.
The four-day event which ends today, features more than 550 exhibitors representing leading brands from 14 countries, including four pavilions by Austria, China, Singapore and South Korea.
C.I.S Network Sdn Bhd president Datuk Vincent Lim said this year’s instalment of Archidex is expected to see an increase in transaction to more than RM1mil.
“We also hope to see a 5% increase in visitors compared with last year,” he added.
Among the highlights is Biz@Archidex – trade presentations on the latest industry trends and products by selected exhibitors.
The Focus Forum@Archidex looks into regulating construction material and products under CIDB Act 520 (Amendment 2011) and the Certificate of Standard Compliance.
The New Product Award (NPA) remains a coveted industry recognition for excellence in design and production while the New Eco Product Award is now rebranded as the Green Dot Award (GDA) to strengthen its identity in sustainability with exemplary environmental attributes.
Masterpieces of innovation, technological development and cutting-edge industry solutions by the nominees of both NPA and GDA will be highlighted at the Archidex Awards Gallery.
This year’s exhibition also sees the inaugural Architalent, a design challenge for students to present their concepts based on thoughtful and provocative ideas for densely populated cities like Kuala Lumpur.
Additionally, eight Tag Heuer watches are up for grab this year. Each registered visitor simply has to get a contest card from the exhibition’s registration and info counters and have it stamped at the CPD Point Counters in Hall 6 and 9 to be in the running to get the watch.
Public Works Department deputy director-general (specialised sector) Ratna Mahyuddin said Archidex had become one of Malaysia’s largest and most successful trade exhibitions in South-East Asia.
“Archidex continues to strive and currently occupies a highly coveted position at the forefront of the region’s robust architecture, design and building industry,” said Ratna, who represented Deputy Works Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin at the opening ceremony.
Through constant improvement, strategic growth and a strong vision, Archidex has consistently delivered its promise to support and grow the industry beyond borders, she added.
Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) president Ezumi Harzani Ismail said the amazing speed of technology today meant that there was innovation in the industry every year.
“The exhibition allows for various networking opportunities, trade talks and business meetings, and this is expected to boost our trade transactions value for this year,” he said.
Archidex, a key component of the annual Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival (KLAF), is jointly organised by PAM and C.I.S Network.
It is endorsed by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation and supported by the Works Ministry, Tourism and Culture Ministry, Malaysian Conventions and Exhibitions Bureau and Malaysia Green Building Confederation.
Spanish brand Roca, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is the principal partner for the third year running while Malaysia Airlines is the official airline.
Opening hours are from 10am to 7pm for trade visitors and the public.
For details, visit www.archidex.com.my or download the Archidex App from Google Play Store or Apple App Store.