Tuesday, May 17

Design students crack heads to design cultural pavilion within 24 hours

The winning team receives prizes from one of the judges, architect Felix Wee (right).

The winning team receives prizes from one of the judges, architect Felix Wee (right).

KUCHING: Design students get to experience a real life working environment when they were tasked with designing a Cultural Pavilion to celebrate a key figure in Sarawakian history – Tom Harrison.

The exercise formed part of the Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) Sarawak Chapter Limkokwing 24-Hour Design Workshop organised by PAMSC at LimKokWing on Saturday and yesterday.

The students had to complete the design in 24 hours in order to get firsthand experience on working under pressure, said PAMSC chairman Mike Boon.

The 43 participants from several universities were divided into 10 groups. They were led by six facilitators, who are architects from different backgrounds, and a representative from Friends of Sarawak Museum.

“This exercise is a link between the academic and professional fields. The workshop aims to teach students to develop a better understanding about key figures in local culture and history, develop research driven design outcomes that is relevant in the local context, and to educate link design solutions.

“The winning scheme will be built as PAMSC World Architecture Day Pavilion in October, and the site is at Padang Merdeka.

“The students have to not only design it, but ensure that it is buildable and how to deal with vandalism,” said Boon.

He added that the next workshop would be held this coming September at UCTS Sibu.

The students came up with 10 design schemes and one winner and runner-up team were picked by a panel of judges.

The workshop is made possible with support from the industry and sponsored by United G.I. Products Sdn Bhd.