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by Shafiq Ahmad

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Shafiq Ahmad bin Anuar Ahmad Architecture. Designer. Visualizer.


07 February 1994. Hospital Daerah Kota Tinggi.


Male. Malay. Muslim. Single.


33, Jalan Mentimun 1, Taman Sri Ahmad Perang, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor.

Architecture is a static version of space-time.

[ INTEREST ] Sketching Infographic Axonometric Technology Aeronautic Structures Gaming Filmography

[ CONTACT ] 013- 742 7646


[ EDUCATION ] 2001 SRK Senai Utama



Primary school UPSR: 5A

2007 SMK Tun Habab



Secondary school PMR: 8A 1C

2012 UITM Seri Iskandar



Diploma in Building CGPA: 3.71

2015 UITM Puncak Alam



BSc. (Hons.) Architecture CGPA: 3.71

SPM: 3A 5B 2C+

Music Travelling Space-time Interface

[ SKILLS ] Trimble SketchUp Lumion Autodesk AutoCAD Autodesk Revit Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign

[ JOB EXPERIENCE ] 2014 Daiman Development 5 Berhad


Internship (Clerk of Work)

2017 Razin Architects


Internship (Architectural)


[ ACHIEVEMENT ] 2016 PAM-PPAG Architectural Ideas

Shelter design for Sungai Batu Archaeological Complex

Consolation (Top 5)

2018 PAM World Urban Forum

Cities 2030, Cities For All (online sketching competition)

Winner (Top 3)

2018 PRIDE Innovation Showcase

PinAway (Product design competition)

Winner (Best Poster)




The first ever architectural project and it was a dwelling space which is restricted for two people, although the client is only one person. During the timeline of this project, I’ve just completed The Bourne Trilogy and was amazed by Jason Bourne itself, specifically on his capability to calculate the next move while at the same time being able to keep his alertness on surrounding. He immediately became my client in this project, and it became one of the best decision I’d ever made. I study every single thing that was related to Bourne such as his behaviour and needs for design implementation. Then, I realized that it was my interest towards the client that keeps me passionate towards the design project till the deadline. Shafiq Ahmad Creator of [TREE]HOUSE

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Tree among Trees

Bourne is a hunted man and classified by law enforcement agencies as the most dangerous man due to his exceptional abilities in sabotaging ops and shutdowning agencies alone. He is always on the run. Hiding himself from those hunting agencies requires him to constantly blending in with the surrounding. The treehouse was designed based on those requirements. The way of it being designed, positioned and formed revolves around the sole origin of the concept - tree. This is Jason Bourne, the toughest target that you have ever tracked. Pam Landy

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Janda Baik, Pahang

Site is located in the vicinity of Janda Baik, a small peaceful village located in Bentong, Pahang. It was surrounded with untouched natural heavy tropical rain forest which means that the area is full of lush greeneries and with lesser population compared to urban areas, a perfect place for Bourne’s hideout. What made it even more perfect is that the site is remotely located deep in the rainforest, lowering the probability of unknown people being around there. The presence of water body which is just in front of the treehouse provides Bourne with a huge advantage in the aspect of survivability since it will be easier for him to obtain water for daily drinking usage since water is hugely important for health condition.

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Blending into Nature

Site were extensively utilized by linking the origin of the concept with the requirement of the project where the sole purpose is mainly to camouflage the treehouse among the lush rainforest. Architectural learning always highlighted the advantages of taking site context into consideration during the designing phase in numerous occasion. However, as I went through the context of this project, I found out that site consideration is highly critical since the performance of the treehouse in its effort of staying hidden depends on it. It isn’t blending in for the sake of thermal comfort anymore. It is blending in for the sake of safety. Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. Frank Lloyd Wright

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Space of Survival

In the effort of creating an efficient space for Bourne is to rethink his behavior and needs which must be suitable to the function of the given space itself which finally leads to a creation of functional spaces based on the survivability aspect - defense, planning and resting. Defense space is created for reconnaisance & sniping during possible occurence of emergency event. While planning space is for rethinking ops and strategies to make sure that Bourne is always one step ahead from his enemies. Resting space, although it may sounds casual as it is, it serve a very big purpose for Bourne since sleeping is compulsory for good physical and mental condition. The function of design is letting design function. Misha Commeren

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Layers of Functionality

In the middle of designing for the safe house, all I think of was the workability of every architectural elements. There was no room for aesthetical thinking. Everything that has been put into the safe house stands there for the sake of functionality. Enclosure was being made into triangular madness due to its form-making flexibility, while flooring possess 4 distinctive floor levels due to space distinction while structure was using the interlocking beams and posts system due to its efficiency and durability in withstanding load and transferring it to the ground without breaking apart. In the end, functionality is all that matters in achieving purpose. Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose. Charles Earnes

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Enclosure Detail

Enclosure of the treehouse consists of triangular platings where each of them possess unique dimensions and geometrical calculation in order to achieved desired form. Those triangular platings are fixed on the triangular framing which are connected together in a way similar to roof truss being connected by gusset plates.

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Structural Detail

Interlocking beams + posts were chosen as the system due to the potential of having increased strength to withstand the flooring and enclosure without any needs to compromise the form itself. Stiffeners are used at the columns to maintain the spacing between each columns. Primary beams for the lookout and control space also having similar role as stiffener, only with addition of bearing loads of tree house and the content in it. The path of load transfer will be floor joists, secondary strutting, primary and secondary beams, columns, primary strutting, and finally ground.

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Floor Plan


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Control area Lookout and sniping area

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Architecture is an expression of values. Norman Foster


The moment I put my eyes on the brief for the fourth semester of my architectural studies, I immediately knew that it would be a tough ride. Personally, I might as well consider it as the real introduction to how challenging architectural field really is. And it is not an exaggeration at all. There was just so many newly heard terminologies being introduced. Site analysis and spatial planning had been taken very seriously by all the lecturers at this stage. Most importantly, the motives behind every acts and decisions I made. Designing this center made me started to do some research about kayaking itself to familiarize myself with it. At the end of the semester, there are some parts of me saying that it is still not too late to turn back, but now I am glad that I didn’t. Shafiq Ahmad Creator of KAYAKER[EDGE]

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Born from Water

The decision of choosing kayaking center for this project had everything to do with the site itself. Kayaking is water sports which heavily relies on techniques and physical capabilities. Water is a very crucial element for this activity since a tiny waves could make a big difference in the performance of the kayaker. The key is to understand the water itself. To highlight the importance of water in the design of this center, some gestures had been made such as positioning the center at the edge of water so that it could cast reflection of its own on the water surface just for the sake of symbolizing connection with water itself. Being able to do that also enabling the visitors to see the water body as soon as they entered the center, a subtle act of embracing water as concept. Curvy form were inspired by waves produced on the water. Visitors might not understand the notion behind the design, but it does not matter at all because what really matters is how the center was born from water. Metaphor have a way of holding the most truth in the least space. Orson Scott Card

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Kuala Ibai, Terengganu

Site is located on a small and uninhabited island-like landform surrounded by the water body of Sungai Ibai in the middle of Kuala Ibai. Kuala Ibai is a coastal, suburban settlement in Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu and it had its own historical background of kayaking. Some of national professional kayakers were known to be originated from here. Kayaking activities also usually takes place around the water body here. The only problem is that there is no appropriate facilities for groups interested in kayaking activities. This is where the project takes place. Sungai Ibai provide an ample water space for outdoor kayaking activities which can even be used to organize competition, and it is completely safe as the water current is not dangerous.

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Health for People

The main aim in the establishment of the kayak center is to highlight the importance of having healthy lifestyle to the people. Although the solution is not as direct as putting notification signboard on the front of the main entrance, but still some features were created to subtlely force the people into having healthy lifestyle such as removing vehicular access, promoting people to walk to the center, thanks to island-like characteristic of the site which made it possible. In the island itself, some features were created such as jogging track, green area and open space which respectively promoting healthy activity, lifestyle and social life. The site were filled with a lot of trees not mainly for aesthetical value, but for healthy surrounding. Health care is a right, not a privilege. Edward Kennedy

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Considering the Climate

Objective of the center is to provide healthy lifestyle to communities that surrounds it. In a bigger scale, it means that keeping the Earth in a good shape as well, since people live on it. To do that, considering climate is one of the way where by understanding it, we can take advantage of the usefulness of it in a good way. Natural daylighting and ventilation is utilized by designing the center in a manner where it is partially enclosed and full with fenestration, enabling the wind and daylight to penetrate through it without trouble. By doing that, we would be able to not just reducing electricity cost due to the less artificial lighting and ventilation usage, but also reducing impact of the center establishment on Earth.

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Setting the Boundary

The center is meant to be made for public with interest in kayaking activities. Even so, if there is group with slightly higher interest where they need professional guidance in order to gain drastic improvement in shorter period of time, they can always assign themselves to a deluxe treatment which is a paid service. Space were created based on research made on precedent studies of similar establishment. 3 spatial modes assigned to this center - deluxe, gratis, and admin. Deluxe contains space for theory learning and also indoor kayak training. Gratis space are free for public and provided with facilites while admin space is created for administrative purpose. There are also exhibition areas for historical knowledge of kayaking. Architecture is the art of wasting space. Philip Johnson

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Integrating the System

Earlier on the treehouse project, I did say that functionality is the only thing matters in achieving purpose. However, in context of this project, I do believe in the effect that the metaphorical symbolism had in order to make it meaningful, which is of course in a way that doesn’t compromise the very functionality. The profile of structural system, enclosure system and positioning of fenestration is the result of combination between the context consideration, spatial organization, and concept creation. Everything is there for a reason. Enclosure was being made into curvy form to resembles concept, while structure follows the profile of enclosure in a manner that does not interfere with spatial planning and fenestration which was designed for climate protection although the center was designed to be partially enclosed to utilize natural ventilation & daylight. Integration between functional and conceptual aspect is where the beauty lies at. Beauty is the harmony of purpose and form. Alvar Aalto

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Structural Detail

Portal frame are selected as the structural system due to the needs of providing open space without obstruction while simultaneously blend with the curvy form of the building itself which increase the aesthetical value of the kayaking center, although the main reason of the curvy form is to address importance of waves for kayaking activities. There are 3 differently designed framing modules for 3 specific spaces. Size and quantity of each framing modules are selected based in the priority of spaces and capacity of building users respectively.

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Architecture is art, nothing else. Philip Johnson


Entering the second half of architecture is either a blessing or a curse for some people since it marks the usage of computer as a medium in producing architectural output for the first time ever. For the fifth semester, thought processing during designing phase were pushed even further to the next level. It was at this point where I am started to think about how people were being directed from outside to the inside. I did a lot of research about brain during this project since it is the origin of my concept, to the point where I even borrowed biology textbook from my housemate. So many new things to be learned although it is not architectural-wise. At the end of the semester, I realized that by learning architecture, I am actually learning about the world itself. Creator of KID[CENTER]

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Decoding the Cerebrum

This project is a children edutainment center which serve as playground for the kids while at the same time having them learn new knowledge and explore their creativity. If I were asked by people of the most crucial part in all this, I would have answered brain. Brain is, without doubt, the most essential organ for children’s learning process, which reflects to the function of the edutainment center which is to amplify and increase the cognitive potential of the children. Further studies revealed that brain consists of several regions known as cerebrum, cerebellum, medulla oblongata, and diencephalon. Cerebrum is the largest region of it all which can be divided into two hemisphere with distinctive function, where the left hemisphere is dedicated towards logical tasks, while the right hemisphere is more on the creativity parts. These composition were taken directly for the space creation of the center in order to trigger every parts of the brain of the children who visited it. Brain is where it all started. The brain is a muscle that can move the world. Stephen King

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Kuah, Langkawi

Site is located on a parking space which are surrounded by shoplots in the middle of Kuah. Kuah is a town and district capital of Langkawi, which are famous among tourists who come every year to enjoy many attractions that can be seen there. Kuah has developed itself into modern town over the years which were assisted by the increasing numbers of visitors to Langkawi. The establishment of this project had nothing to do with the historical background of the site other than the lack of establishment of children edutainment center on the surrounding of the site itself. Context were being studied in terms of architectural similarities in order to create an “out-of-place� look for the center, attracting people to visit it, especially children. After all, this is a center for children.

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Enter the Labyrinth

By observing the manner of features positioning and circular pattern of the overall site planning, it can be seen that somehow the site resembles a labyrinth-like charateristic due to the intention of staying true to the origin of the concept which is brain. The idea emerged from how the brain exterior looks like, which is similar to the maze or labyrinth. Circular labyrinth were taken as study where central point is used as guide point which in this case is the center pool. Every features on the site were radially connected under a same point which gave almost a subtle feeling where as if they were all belong to each other even though they are located separately across the site. It was a labyrinth which gave birth to the site layout.

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Arranging the Flow

Although the form of the center was designed to gave a unique, ‘out-ofplace’ looks to the site, but the way of guiding people inside the center is also crucial to provide them with sense of welcoming and wayfinding without any desparate need of huge, obvious signage. Those pathway is also reacting to the features that are available on the surrounding as well, where an example can be seen on how pedestrian pathway are linking center with the nearby public shelter. Designing pathway for pedestrian and vehicular access is not an act of aesthetical approach but more of a passive safety feature by avoiding them to be in conflict while at the same time enabling them to work together in assisting the visitors.

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Inspired by Cortex

In the creation of many kind of play areas across those two wings, I did further studies about the brain until I discovered about the function of cortices of the brain. Brain consists of many cortices which gave birth to many play areas according to their respective functions where some of them are listed as below:Motor cortex Coordination of learned movements [ Physical play area ] Auditory cortex Monitoring sound information [ Musical play area ] Prefrontal cortex Complex cognitive process [ Manipulative play area ] Visual cortex Receive and interpret visual information [ Reading play area ] Sensory cortex Recognize touch, pressure, vibration. [ Messy play area ]

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Form of Purpose

Form, in my opinion, is the most important aspect for this project, although I can’t deny that there are so much that will happens inside the center. The way form affects people’s perception of the center on the outside is equally impactful from the inside. Curvy form from the outside resembles playfulness and excitement that can be gained by the children in the center while those exact form being viewed from inside, feels very spacious due to characteristic of the space which doesn’t have any single edges, creating illusion of endless space and portraying the vastness of knowledge and things yet to be explored. Enclosure and structure were designed to take similar form which still follows the labyrinth-like guideline. This is a not a form which follows purpose, but rather a form with purpose. Beauty is the harmony of purpose and form. Alvar Aalto

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Structural Detail

Portal frame are selected as the structural system due to the open plan configuration which requires a space without obstruction while enabling the curvy form of the building itself, which was done intentionally to attract people to visit the child center. There are ten (10) uniquely designed framing modules which consists of eight (8) standard frames for structural support and two (2) transitional frames not only for supporting purpose but also act as a ‘socket’ which assist in jointing between frames with huge size differences. The size of each framing modules are obtained based on the data and dimension of every spaces in the child center.

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Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness. Frank Gehry


Welcome to the hardest level of the entire degree architectural studies. And it doesn’t necessarily be the last semester. It was at this point where people started to ask themselves of the real reason for being involved in the architectural field in the first place. I almost asked myself though. Multi-storey building is sure a pain in the ass. What managed to made it even worse is that the project is a residential area where spatial planning is a very strong subject. Managing space for parking area while at the same time trying to avoid from any conflict between it and the structural column is one of the hardest time I ever came across in my studies. And yet, here I am. Still going strong against the current. Creator of [RE]SIDENCE

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Nature sanctuary

Microclimate control. Providing calmness

Rejuvenating soul. Providing health benefit.

Approach Raw material

Raw material are used as the end finishes for the housing blocks due to its aesthetical value and ability to create a tranquil atmosphere while being economical in the aspect of cost.

Lush greeneries

Greeneries are incorporated in the whole design of the housing, providing multiple function is: + Shading device + Spatial quality + Thermal control

Tree and Water

Here I am, once again, making fuss over ’tree’ and ‘water’ as origin of the concept. What makes it different this time is that those two elements were chosen not due to importance on the project, but more on the benefits to the client itself entirely. Hydrotherapy is a term of providing calmness to the people by the assistance of water element. Configuration and design for water body throughout all the facilities on the podium level is the action of giving statement to the importance of hydrotherapy as the concept where the design somehow revolves around it. Nature sanctuary is also the idea for the residency where the purpose is to surround the residence with lush greeneries by having the structural elements merging harmoniously with natural environment, complimenting each other while providing residents with physical and mental health benefits, rejuvenating their body and soul after a long tiring work. Some approach were made which is also in a way that are interrelated with nature as the main subject. Nature is always the best solution when it comes to the creation of better lifestyle. Good architecture lets nature in. Mario Pei

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Johor Bahru, Johor

Site is located on a suburban area in the state capital of Johor which is known as Johor Bahru, located just across causeway from Singapore. Johor Bahru is a bustling city but one with little interest for the casual tourist due to its status of being more of an industrial city rather than a tourist-friendly town. It is also a significant regional transport and manufacturing hub which is dedicated toward generating income for better economical value. Due to those reason, life in Johor Bahru can be stressful due to heavy traffic which cause noise pollution and also due to unpleasant view since there are a lots of tall buildings built there, forming a ‘concrete jungle’. Due to those particular reasons, this project is dedicated towards the provision of relaxing and healthy lifestyle for those who work hard in the city. They deserve a great lifestyle.

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Site Synthesis

Site consideration is very crucial for residential project, considering that the client will be living in the building for their whole life. Solar path, wind direction and surrounding features had been analyzed and synthesized to utilize natural daylighting, natural ventilation and pleasant views respectively. By synthesizing the data obtained from the context, it enables me to arrange blocks and orientated it in a way that helps to utilize the natural source well. Within the site boundary itself, some trees are meant to be maintained in their respective position and even appreciated by planning the circulation in a way that doesn’t collide with them to show the importance of greeneries in this project.

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Ground Floor Plan Circulation The reason behind this vehicular configuration is for the separation of circulation between residents lane and service lane which is to provide a sense of privvilege to the residents. Vehicular circulation is also heavily influenced by the positioning and reallocation of trees which resulted in the design of the roundabouts which are centered around trees, stating importance of greeneries in the design.

Service Service are located at the rear part since it does not need good view and experience while avoiding from any disturbance in the occupants lifestyle. Loading bay are designed to sit next to the elevator core so that it can ease item or stuff loading/unloading work especially for new residents that just moved into the residency.

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Podium Parking Plan Parking bay

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+ Cars Ground floor - 79 lots First floor 102 lots TOTAL 181 lots [ total including 5 for disabled ] + Motorcycle TOTAL -

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+ Circulation Circulation for the parking lot are designed to have no dead and run in a continuous loop so that no bottleneck might occur when the usage is high.

Fire requirement Distance between every staircase were kept under 30 metres to comply with firemen aws, which also apply to the elevator core as well since they were located next to each other. Due to the site area which is 112,000 m2, fireman service lane should be available all around the residential blocks.

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Podium Facilities Plan Wellbeing Mental health condition is as equally important as the physical condition. To maintain wellbeing of residents from within the living area, some features had been created which are cafeteria, barbeque pits and playground for social interaction and also family time.

Fitness Healthy lifestyle is what should be promoted in every residential area. In this project, many facilities were provided at the topmost podium level for healthy lifestyle such as gymnasium, badminton courts, swimming pool and jogging track for people with interest in it.

Relaxation Following the earlier concept and aim of this residential area which is to provide relaxing and calming lifestyle for the residents, many features were created such as the falling water on the center of the podium for hydrotherapy purpose, stone plaza for hanging out and link bridge for enjoying walk with lush greeneries.

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Structural Detail IBS Industrialized building system or IBS is a construction method where the components are being manufactured in quality-controlled environment (either onsite or offsite), positioned and assembled during the construction works. It is believed that this system could reduce construction time due to dry construction.

Modular unit system A modular unit system is a system where different component are combined together such as wall panel, floor slab, and roof slab to form a modular unit. Those units are stacked together up to the roof level.

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Open corridor Corridor are designed to be opened to provide natural lighting and optimum ventilation and preventing corridor from becoming hot & dark.

Airwell are created to ensure that natural lighting are able to reach the rear part of the building while providing security to the residents from strangers.

Rainwater harvesting This residence uses rainwater harvesting system to reduce cost based on water consumption by using water from rainfall.

Facade treatment Facade are influenced by the party wall of the housing blocks which is to provide headturning effect to passer-by.

On-stilt Mimicking traditional Malay house, housing blocks are constructed on-stilt to enable wind to penetrate throughout facilities podium level.

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Ground Floor Plan

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Architecture belongs to culture, not to civilization. Alvar Aalto

[N/OTION] [ O/F] [T/IME]

When I first discovered about automobile museum being selected as the final year project, I was very excited. Museum is one of the best way for every architectural student to showcase their qualities and potential in designing. There is unlimited freedom in putting ourselves in the design. Plus, it is an automobile museum which for me is kind of a cool design project. I took this as an opportunity for me to create a museum which symbolizes myself in every way possible, from the conceptual aspect to technical detailing. I am glad to be able to do this project. Throughout this project, I am able to not just learn but also discovered a lot more than just satisfaction in doing what I am passionate about, which is what I am actually capable of doing. Creator of [AUTO]MUSEUM

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Beauty of Technology

The concept is somehow straightforward but at the same time, effective. This is an automobile museum created to celebrate industrial detail of automobile development in Malaysia, in which the purpose has become a defining factor of the overall design and appearance of the building. Detailing and services were intentionally exposed, enabling the visitors to see the beauty of it. Form were developed based on spatial requirements. For better understanding on the concept, similar design were studied which are Richard Roger’s project.

Concept differentiate architecture from mere building. Bernard Tshcumi

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Precinct 7, Putrajaya

Site is located at Precinct 7, Putrajaya which is just right along Jalan P9. The place have this kind of a suburban setting which is surrounded by buildings mainly built for public purposes such as hospital, fire department and transportation hub.

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Strategies for Future

Site were planned to respond accordingly towards the surrounding context (streets, walkways, buildings, MRT line) as many as possible because in the end, it is either that the community will use it or not. Even though the sole purpose of the museum is to disseminate automotive knowledge, but in order to be more beneficial, more effort need to be done on the surrounding, not just on the inside. Architecture is about public spaces held by buildings. Richard Rogers

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Understanding the Context

Architecture is a field that requires long-term thinking capabilities because what architect does is not just designing building but also predicting how it will perform later in the future when nature comes in. If we are not to follow the cultural context of the site, the least we can do is to understand a bit the surrounding of it. Or else the museum is just another world of its own and doesn’t belong to the world that actually it is in. In the context of this museum, solar path were utilized by providing fenestration in a way that doesn’t cause glare & heat discomfort. Wind direction assisted in providing natural ventilation & reducing energy consumption for artificial usage. What I did in trying to understand the surrounding is by selecting some vantage points which is a factor that contributes a lot in site zoning. It gave birth to how green area, parking area, ramps & hardscape are being designed. While noise from traffic and future MRT lines doesn’t pose any problems in the future. We have to base architecture on the environment. Toyo Ito

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Rerouting the People

Architecture is not a job done based on mere assumptions. People need to be guided from outside to be able to show them what is inside. One can’t just simply design a building without giving any single thoughts on how people are coming to it and just assuming that they know everything. Surrounding of the site were designed so that the pedestrian and vehicular traffic were given the same treatment without compromising both programme. Ramps were created to provide clear access from every direction by integrating them with the existing pathway, which also can be useful for the disabled person. Separation between vehicular and pedestrian traffic is done via hardscape design to maintain safety at site. I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture. Tadao Ando


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Inspired by Technology

Space prioritization is made by evaluating the usage of every space so that it can serve the true, main purpose of the museum. Common spaces which consists of mainly public and private spaces were located on ground floor where location for every spaces were determined by overall site planning which contributed to the location of cafe and library being closer to green area for accessibility and views. Exhibition spaces are located on the first floor which are accessible via elevators and intended mainly for privacy and security control. I really wanted to achieve simplicity & clarity in the layout and circulation of the museum while staying true to the concept of technology. By mimicking the engine configuration, I designed 5 chambers known as Chambers of Technology (Engine, Drivetrain, Chassis, Bodywork and History) connected by a glass tube known as Tube of Life which carry the people into the chamber, igniting them with knowledge and enable the museum to function correctly. I think is a perfect embodiment of a building as machine. Architecture is the thoughtful making of space. Louis Kahn

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Journey of Technology

Journey in the spaces weren’t just being thought from inside (space program), but also how it is related to the outside (surrounding context). MRT line and green areas play an important roles in the storytelling for the automobile history. Chambers of Technology were designed to evoke a specific set of emotion or feelings according to what are being exhibited due to importance of being immersed by it to appreciate it better. Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is not the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us. Arthur Erickson

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Highlighting the Details

Following the conceptual idea of celebrating the industrial details, it is critical for the building system of the museum to be exposed to make those statement. I remember back in the day during the designing phase, I had these moment where I thought that it wasn’t a bad idea at all to intentionally expose architectural system of a building, regardless of the concept. There are so many advantages to have at a time. As I had stated earlier, exposed building system is a gesture of celebrating industrial details because there are some kind of beauty or aesthetical value that can be found and appreciated in it, although not everyone will feel it that way because some people perceive aesthetics differently. Exposed system can act as a good pedagogical tool for anyone interested in knowing how those system works since it showcase them really well and at a great level of clarity. Maintenance works can be done easily without a lot of additional works if any.

Even a brick wants to be something. Louis Kahn


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Structural Detail

The museum are using a standard post and beam framing system with a slight modification on the way it is supporting the enclosure which is in an exoskeletion-like manner rather than being covered as conventional method does to. That feature is also due to respond towards the conceptual idea for the museum.

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Tube Detail

The tube is an important element in the design since it redirect the visitors into the exhibition area and also at the same time act as carrier of building service.

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Integrating the Features

The way every architectural features are connected together plays a crucial role in many aspects of things. Prevention of conflict between each feature is one of them. Building workability and sustainability also depends on the connection between those features because some features rely on others to enable them to function. Example of those reliance can be seen on how utilities rely on circulation tube to spread themselves to other spaces. And yet the circulation tube also relies on the structures to stay intact on the first floor level. Then, we can see how structures relies on delicate calculation and positioning to avoid from any structural contact with the common spaces. Features integration itself is an art.

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Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose. Charles Eames

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First Floor Plan not to scale

Elevations not to scale

Section X-X not to scale

Section Y-Y not to scale

Ground Floor Plan not to scale

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Architecture is the reaching out for the truth. Louis Kahn



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Drone of Presentation

This is a project to be done for my entrepreneurship class, which turns out to be a project that won a competition, and likely a project of passion. PinAway is a product of collaboration between 6 people which includes me as well. We had this crazy idea of designing a drone that can be used as a pinup support for boards during presentation so that there is no need to do all the hassle of finding table just for the sake of reaching high spots to stick the presentation boards, hoping that it will not fall down or else, you know the drill. As usual, the design started out with sketches which then developed further until it reach the final result to be recreated into a digitalized model via SketchUp. Form of the product was designed to be as minimalistic as possible to provide a sense of user-friendly, while every features which made it possible were meticulously positioned within the space inside the enclosure to ensure the workability of it. As the slogan says it, “Why all the hassle? Just PinAway.�

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Jet of Reconnaissance

The truth is this project started out with a two page randomly-imaginated sketch, where about several months later, I decided to do a digitalized model of it via SketchUp. THRU (Thrusted Hi-Speed Reconnaissance Unit) is a smallsized flying vehicle with capability to move through small opening with the downside of having weaponry of small damage-dealing capability due to its main purpose as a reconnaissance unit. Structural integrity depends on the Exosystem, a structural bracing acting as an impact reducer and holding every part of the unit together. Form was designed to be aerodynamically optimum so that the speed of the unit can be increased by reducing air friction other than the reduction of enclosure material weight which doesn;t really compromise the structural integrity due to the presence of Exosystem with sufficient weight to counter the incoming impact.

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Project of Restoration

This is a project of restoration for my previous architectural projects that I’ve done during my earlier semester of architectural study where I am actually a bit disappointed with the end result of it. So, what I did was I decided to redo all those projects in a futuristic visual style. I called it [REBOOT] project where the visual style was inspired by the graphical user interface (GUI) shown in the movie Oblivion, the one with Tom Cruise in it. The GUI were designed by Bradley G. Munkowitz or GMUNK for short. That is how I get the black background with gridlines and the red, blue and yellow color scheme which are similar to those GUI. I even redo the manual, by hand works of my projects by remodelling them via SketchUp. During project execution, I tried to think of a way to make it different but understandable. That is how I got the square ratio style of composition. And had been in love with square ratio ever since. But, what really pushes me to do this project is the love that I have in producing infographic, diagram and detailing.

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This sketch is dedicated for a sketch contest by PAM during 2018 event of World Urban Forum. Participants required to do a sketch with the theme of “Cities 2030, Cities For All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda�. This was a big deal for me back then considering how sketch is one of the few things that I am passionate about. And there it is, the cities that I envision for 2030 where people are living on the sky to minimize the effect on Earth and using natural resources such as sunlight and wind as electricity generator for greener living.


Latest addition to the futuristic axonometric collection, the successor of my 2030 sketch and the vision of my utopian world. I wanted to create a living area which can meet the accomodation demand from everyone so that no one would have to live without houses anymore. Houses must already be affordable by everyone at this point of time. Everything is connected under one big structural system in the air to reduce insufficient space problems on Earth. Greeneries should be maintain because nature is always the way of living.

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THRU is a spontaneous imaginative sketch that somehow managed to be developed into a digitalized model via SketchUp. By the way, this sketch is the first thing that I did for my fifth semester sketchbook. This shows how passionate I am towards the art of making infographic and the reason why I love composing content during the creation of presentation board. For me, somehow infographic have this mystical qualities enabling it to provide information while at the same time being interesting to watch.


Artillery-Rated Mid-air Shooter or we can call in ARMS for short. This is the second time I had produce a spontaneous imaginative sketch which involve a bit of infographic vibes in it. ARMS is a flying artillery which is designed for the purpose of various range of combat. It can seamlessly tranform between the combat mode (short range) and artillery mode (long range). The only downside is that due to lots of ammunition to be carried, it suffers from slow movement, which makes it hard to do an evasive action.

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A prototype command ship with rotatable thruster for spaceship maneuverability. Heavy armament are intended mainly for security and emergency purposes, if any. Protective cladding are designed to protect area which needs most protection.


A prototype one man flying unit where the pilot seat is reactive to the flight pattern and physical force, reducing physical impact inflicted to the pilot. Nose cone provide minimum aerodynamic drag to the ship, optimizing acceleration speed of the unit.


A prototype cargo spaceship which is powered by the chemical reaction of liquid hydrogen. No solar energy kind of shit here although liquid hydrogen had similar effect in reducing pollution. Titanium alloy are used as material for protective facade.


A prototype hover transportation vehicle which is designed for public transportation purpose. Photochromic glass were used for fenestration to ensure visual comfort. Unfortunately, I forgot to take the rain into account for those luggages.

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JB Sentral

So far, the hardest structural detail that I ever did in live sketch which resulte in almost 3 hours of total completion time. And I was thinking of how the hell did the architect managed to do this? I remember during the live sketch, there are five person who stopped by to look at my sketch. One of them, a Chinese old man, looked at my sketch and looked back at the building and asked me, “How long did you sit here?” Then he took a picture of my unfinished sketch and shared it on his Facebook. It’s amazing how sketching can connect people, although we did not know them in the first place.

Penang Street

Street is often used as subject for photography and sketching purpose. There is just some kind of beauty that we can’t really explain when looking at them. Beauty is matter of perspective, really. Some people saw the beauty of it at how the light and colors brightened up the places at night. Some people saw it at how architectural styles with distinctive features were composed together on one street, and yet it compliment each other very well. Some people just want to see how unque the details of the streets is from the cultural aspect. Some people just don’t care about the streets at all.


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