WINNERS of the Housing 4.0 Design Competition, Malaysia’s first open architecture design competition and digital innovation lab, were announced by Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) and Gamuda Industrial Building System Sdn Bhd (Gamuda IBS) at a ceremony in Publika, Kuala Lumpur.
The design competition, a creative collaboration led by project team leaders Ang Chee Cheong from PAM and Gamuda IBS general manager Tan Ek Khai, attracted 111 registrants since it began in April.
Present at the awards ceremony as guest of honour was Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah.
In his speech, Raja Kamarul said; “The built industry today has better access to technology which provides opportunities to focus on sustainable innovation that draws the communities while optimising performance.
“This competition is intended to reinvent the designs of future Malaysian housing through the use of Industrialised Building Systems (IBS) and Building Information Modelling (BIM), in line with the National Housing Policy 2019 (Dasar Perumahan Negara 2019) that targets one million affordable homes in the next 10 years, ” he added.
Tan shared that the competition was aimed at empowering designers and architects to use BIM technology, an online design tool in 3D, which will dictate what is produced by the robots in Gamuda IBS factories.
Digital IBS will reduce the country’s dependency on foreign and manual labour by 70%, while building up a pool of innovative and skilled workforce that is ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).
“The competition is not just about a winning prototype design, but it is also how the built industry collaborates via a digital platform, ” said Tan.
“The competition witnessed many designs and schemes that will challenge conventions for housing.
“Following the digital innovation lab, we look forward to engaging industry players, as a digital IBS solution provider, on ways we may be able to realise some of the Housing 4.0 competition ideas.
“In addition, we are pleased to have PAM as an industry partner to elevate the industry to be future ready, ” he added.
“We are very pleased to collaborate with our digital technology IBS partner Gamuda IBS on Housing 4.0, ” said Ang.
“Housing issues in this country are complex and manifold, and this competition has provided a good opportunity to re-think housing and bring the architects perspective to the conversation.
“What the participants have shown is not a vision of the future, but new housing models using construction technology and design ideas available now.
“While the competition requires architects to propose for the middle, affordable range to social housing, you will see that the designs are luxurious in quality, with light-filled homes, smart spatial arrangements, social amenities and most importantly, to promote a sense of community rich in neighbourliness, ” he added.
Mohd Rashdan Daud and Leong Yew Kooi, from GDP Architects Sdn Bhd and GSD Architect respectively, won the first prize of RM80,000 and RM40,000 second prize.
The third prize of RM30,000 went to Muhammad Qhawarizmi Norhisham of Qhawarizmi Architect.
Honorary mentions went to Syihan Amir of Syihan Amir Office and David Mizan Hashim of Veritas Architects Sdn Bhd, who won RM15,000 each.