UTAR Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) Bachelor of Science (Honours) Architecture students bagged several wins at the “2021 Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area: Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) International Colleges Design and Construction Competition – Malaysia Final Round”. The winners were announced on 10 October 2020 via Zoom.
One team from UTAR emerged as Champion; one team came in second place while two other teams won the sustainable award and honorary mention respectively. The champion and first runner-up teams from UTAR will be representing Malaysia at the International Level Bamboo Structure Competition at Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area ASEAN Nations Design and Construction Competition 2021 on 12 December 2021.
Themed ‘源于传统技艺 Bamboo Art Space inspired by Traditional Arts & Craft’, the competition aimed to provide a platform for students to experience designing real construction rather than the usual ‘computer modelling’, learn from traditional techniques (not limited to bamboo) and explore the possibilities of new development of traditional skills in contemporary art. It also aimed to build an international platform for innovation and creativity with global influence. Through the combination of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao greater bay area and the talents of ASEAN universities, the competition explored a new mode of innovative collaboration while attracting all universities to exhibit the same understanding and deep cooperation between China and ASEAN under the “One Belt and One Road” initiative.
The venues for the bamboo structure building competition were located at “Nansha Bird Park, Guangzhou, China” and “The 29th Guangzhou Garden Expo Ground - Haixinsha Square”. Nansha Wetland Park is known as “the kidney of Guangzhou”, a place that homes many different species of birds but mostly waterfowls. Haixinsha is a small artificial island located in the Pearl River which has the iconic Canton Tower across the water on one side and Huacheng Square (Flower City Square) on the other side.
The final judging session was carried out on 6 October 2021. The juries of the competition were Chairman of Yangcheng Design Alliance Sheng YuHong, Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) Education Committee Chairman 2021/2022 Ar Adrianta Aziz, South China University of Technology Assistant Professor Zhong GuanQiu, Malaysian Bamboo Society Ir Major (Ret) Hj Ahmad Mazlan Othman, UTAR Centre of Sustainable Architecture Chairperson Dr Lim Poh Im and LKC FES lecturer LAr Ts Beh Jing Han.
During the final competition, the teams were judged according to the three outlooks in the scoring rules. The first outlook was the architectural design; 50% for conceptual innovation and design integration, translation and understanding of the theme; inspired by traditional art & craft “源于传统技艺” and sustainability of the bamboo structure (10% out of the 50%). The second outlook was the structural building; 30% for structural innovation and structural details, constructability of the design and clarity of the bamboo structure for construction. The last outlook was communication, presentation and promotion; 20% for the clarity of the visual presentation using image boards, model and video demonstration, creative use of multi-media video presentation including music, animation, verbal narration and caption and visually stimulating overall presentation.
Champion team’s project titled “The Blossoming Motif”
Watch their project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G81g7Xxpjvg
The team members of the champion team were LKC FES students Wong Puy Yan, Boon Jing Jack, Oo Zhi Ling, Chan Qi Wei and Chin Mann Yuin. The title of their project was “The Blossoming Motif” and they were supervised by Department of Architecture and Sustainable Design (DASD) Specialist I Ar Loh Khang Yong. Besides qualifying for the international level competition, the team also walked away with a cash prize worth RM6,000, a trophy and certificates.
Wong shared, “‘The Blossoming Motif’ was inspired by the unique Pucuk Rebung motif within the context of Nansha Bird Park. Firstly, the motif—spirit of integrity, our bamboo art space originates from the form of bamboo shoot, and split in half to align with the sun path and main hall, and then further branch out from the main bridge and place in an area surrounded with nature to act as a focal point. Secondly, for the motif— spirit of solidity, there are base structures, the primary skeletal frame, outer skin material and decorative elements. Thirdly, for the motif— spirit of utility, the proposal is interpreted as a space for shelter, play as well as visual and ultimate exhibition for arts and craft pieces. Lastly, for the motif— spirit of beauty, the design is crafted with curvature, gradient, lighting and reflection.”
First runner-up team’s project titled “Golden Wings”
Watch their project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScwnEvxkPvA
The team which won second place was guided by LKC FES DASD Specialist I Abd Muluk bin Abd Manan. The team members were Chor Zhao Gen, Lim Chen Hee, Amelia Low Chuan Yin, Cheong Li Bin and Ng Chee Xin. Besides qualifying for the international level competition, the team also walked away with a cash prize worth RM2,000, a trophy and certificates for their project “Golden Wings”.
Chor enthused, “‘Golden Wings’ is a three-dimensional transformation from Wau’s structure. When it is rotated to 90 degrees, the reflection can be seen. A clear distribution of main, secondary and tertiary structure has been defined in accordance with the Wau structure theorem. The surrounding swirl had created a virtual surface and it is adjusted by taking the aerodynamics of a flying bird as the allusion. A spherical space underneath was also created. They are connected by strings, and weaving was added on the surface as the motif embellishment. The head, wing, body, waist and tail of a Wau Bulan were adopted symmetrically. The coloured acrylics and bamboo weaving patterns portray light and shadow and the chandeliers tinkle when the breeze flow. This presents a Wau Bulan that truly symbolises Malaysia.”
The project “Re-Leaf” won Sustainable Award
Watch the project here: https://youtu.be/h04JFVArgjI
The team which won the Sustainable Award was guided by LKC FES DASD lecturer Ts Tsao Khee Ern. The team members were Koh Kwok Ming, Jameson Yong Bee Jing, Lee Jun Huang, Lum Li Qi and Ng Zhe Tong. The team walked away with a cash prize worth RM300, a trophy and certificates for their project “Re-Leaf”.
Koh shared, “Our project “Re-Leaf” was inspired by the Chinese Traditional art of calligraphy and the metaphorical expression of a leaf. Our project intended to create an art-and-nature-connected art space where the surrounding nature is also depicted as one of the ‘art’ to be showcased, and also to ‘portray’ a picturesque bamboo structure that serves as an embellishment to the natural setting, thus giving “a sign of new life” to Nansha Bird Park.”
The project “Growth” won Honorary Mention
Watch the project here: https://youtu.be/0XJeNsA86dA
The team which won the Honorary Mention was guided by LKC FES DASD lecturer Abdul Rahim bin Mohd Zin. The team members were Low Yoong Sheng, Chin Hooi Man, Lee Chiao Ying, Chang Jen Yi and Chong Zhen Hao. The team walked away with a cash prize worth RM300 and certificates for their project “Growth”.
Low said, “Our concept was inspired by the growth of bamboo— strong rhizome emerged from the nodes, giving bamboo its fast-growing characteristics. ‘Growth’ ushers an intersection between the new and the old with the intention of passing down traditional arts and crafts techniques to the new generation. Traditional arts and crafts, a manifestation of cultural heritage, are constantly challenged by technological changes. The wealth left by our ancestors is not only a representation of our identity, but it also treasures various hidden values and spirit, nurturing patience, creativity, self-expression and appreciation into each individual.”
The list of the winners
The competition was hosted by UTAR, School of Architecture of the South China University of Technology and Nansha Bird Park in Guangzhou with the support of Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM), Malaysian Bamboo Society, Malaysia Architecture Students Alliance (MASA) and Centre of Sustainable Architecture (COSA), UTAR.