Redesigning terrace homes

AWARD-winning property group Sime Darby Property Bhd (SDPB) is ready to reinvent the run-of-the-mill terrace home to make it fit for the future.

From inception of concept to design and build, the future terrace home is to be designed in such a way to suit a homeowner’s needs in all respects.

Last year, global disruption started to change the way we live and work. Nevertheless, the terrace house, as we know it, has barely changed over the decades.

In response, SDPB is seizing the opportunity to present a challenge — to foresee life in the future by reimagining how communities will live and work.

It seeks to do this through the Concept Home 2030 Competition, in partnership with Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM).

The competition invites corporate architects registered with PAM to envision the Malaysian style of living in 2030 and to articulate their vision of the future-ready terrace house with ideas that will truly make a dynamic shift in how we live.

Participating architects are encouraged to push the boundaries with futuristic and inspirational ideas to disrupt the way people-centric homes are designed, developed and built via construction tech, property tech and design tech for sustainable communities and townships of the future.

They encompass building materials and methods in the construction phase, to sustainable living features beyond the walls of the home,

The Concept Home should aim to have highly flexible space utilisation and customisable features to cater to multiple members working and learning from home at any given time.

The home should be expandable based on human needs and on modular fundamentals that truly redefine community, rather than just individual homes.

“The biggest challenge to solve for Malaysian terrace home designs today is for it to function efficiently, with versatile space that allows for diverse functions and use.

“We must respond to disruptions and concerns, especially those related to climate change, home ownership and material scarcity as well as evolving lifestyles,” said SDPB group managing director Datuk Azmir Merican.

“Through this competition, we want to see the vision of tomorrow’s homes inbuilt with sophisticated technology and features that can improve quality of life and enable more productivity.”

The competition encourages participants to close the existing gaps in the market.

SDPB’s history in revolutionising home design and bringing new ideas before its time was conceptualised over a decade ago through its “Idea House” — a “carbon-neutral concept dwelling” for sustainable housing which was a first in concept in South-East Asia.

Elements from the Idea House concept have been adapted in its more recent residential home products, specifically in City of Elmina, Shah Alam.

Today, SDPB is taking this further — in search of disruptive concepts to build prototypes that will challenge the norm, reinvent the terrace home from all aspects of technology, sustainability, modularity and future lifestyles, and reimagine how these new home ideas fit into a future community.

Azmir said, “The peak is yet to come for the property industry, and our Concept Home 2030 vision will drive us towards bigger things to come.”

On the collaboration with PAM, he said they were pleased to partner with the institute in this competition.

“We are open to collaborating with other market and technology players to bring the best innovations and solutions, to infuse future homes with technology and Artificial Intelligence, for the home to be able to think for itself and its occupants.

“We urge the industry to accelerate innovation in developing future homes and townships of tomorrow together,” Azmir added.

PAM president Datuk Ezumi Harzani Ismail said through this design ideas competition, “we expect to see innovative ideas that will change the future trend, bringing in new interactive technologies that allow people to communicate with their homes and houses that are responsive to the environment based on the needs and desires of Malaysian modern living.”

The competition, which kicked off on Aug 16, invites participation from architects registered with PAM and submissions will go through several stages before the results are announced in January next year.

Entries will be judged by a panel of adjudicators comprising SDPB and PAM representatives.

The winner will receive RM100,000, plus a prospective commission of executing a virtual or physical showcase project with SDPB.

Second and third-placed winners will take home RM75,000 and RM50,000 respectively.

The competition will also award two Honorary Mention prizes and a “People’s Choice Award” in which Malaysians can go online to vote for their favourite submissions.

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