PechaKucha Night is back for Vol 7. Grab your tickets now!

PechaKucha actually means chit-chat in Japanese! This is our 5th year organising this event and the response has been mind-blowing – over 200 hundred people attended EACH of the e last PK Kuching nights!!

PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. First devised by Klein Dytham architecture, the first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in the SuperDeluxe bar, on February 2003.

PechaKucha Nights now happen in over 1000 cities around the world. They are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps-just about anything really in the PechaKucha 20×20 format.

As a platform, PechaKucha Night Kuching aims to bring creative, passionate people together to network, meet and show their work in public. Through the PechaKucha platform, we hope to uncover the unexpected talent, unexpected ideas.

We hope to unveil some hidden talents and quirks, and to ultimately show something that is significantly unique and can only be found in Sarawak. People can present about things that they love which is a key to a great PechaKucha Night.

Call +60 82 240 406 or +60 11-56939326 now to book your tickets! Limited tickets available.
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Check out this feature of The Marian Boutique Lodging House and The Granary Kitchen & Bar projects. Published in The Borneo Post, Sunday 17th February 2019,http://www.theborneopost.com/2019/02/17/a-touch-of-architectural-ingenuity/

For more picture click on this link: https://idc-architects.com/project-page/the-marian-wayang-street/ & https://idc-architects.com/project-page/the-granary-kitchen-and-bar/

 

We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Chinese New Year of the Pig filled with good health,
prosperity and happiness ! Gong Xi Fatt Cai! 恭禧发财 !

Forbidden Fruits

As part of the Rainforest Fringe Festival 2018, Forbidden Fruits is an installation composed of large, surreal woven fruits created by the indigenous and rural communities in Sarawak. Using natural materials such as rattan and bamboo, the weavers were challenged to create unfamiliar forms that would give new relevance to their age-old practice.

Rattan baskets were never regarded by the indigenous peoples who made them as purely functional objects devoid of meaning – they often took up spiritual significance as part of rituals, especially in regard to farming ceremonies. Forbidden Fruits seek to investigate the possibilities of expression through traditional rattan & basket weaving, in order to restore that sense of meaningfulness in the modern context.

In a series of large-scale vignettes, Forbidden Fruits present a narrative of the life-cycle of fruits, from seed and germination, to propagation and decay, culminating in an inhabitable “still life”. Ultimately, it also explores the myriad connections humans have had with fruit, and how they still embody for us a sense of nourishment as well as danger.

A unique collaborative effort – the weavers worked alongside Jacqueline Fong, co-founder of Tanoti Crafts, Rosemarie Wong, director of Ranee Gift Gallery and architect-designer Edric Ong. IDC Architects designed and curated the installation, with Keynote.Co and JustLight Enterprise providing the light fittings and construction.

Completion: 7th July 2018 – 15th July 2018, as part of the Rainforest Fringe Festival 2018

 

Location: Borneo 744, Kuching Sarawak
Scope: Conceptual Design, Art Direction, Supervision of Installation
Project Team: Alan Lau, Jeffrey Yeung, Tina Lau, Clement Lo, Ronald Wong and Interns
Photographs taken by: Shensnaps Photography and IDC Architects

Check out this feature of our Eden-on-The-Park project. Published in Architecture Malaysia magazine 2018, Issue 6 2017. More pictures of the project here: https://idc-architects.com/project-page/active-retirement-living-arl-resort-kota-samarahan-sarawak/

Situated in the scenic state of Sarawak, Eden-on-The-Park provides facilities that are designed to be age-friendly with amenities that encourage community living and social interaction amongst senior citizens.

Eden-on-The-Park Residences at Kota Samarahan is the first Integrated Senior Lifestyle and Care Residence Resort facility in Malaysia. It is aimed at retirees who wish to live in a resort-like environment. Set amidst seven acres of parkland and a lake, the development consist of a 14-storeys luxury apartment tower, single-storey villas and upmarket nursing home.

Providing suitable accommodation and care for an ageing population is a growing issue in many countries today. Developing countries such as Malaysia are now facing a dearth of viable residential options for people over the age of 60. den-on-the-Park focuses on strategies that allow seniors to decide their own living conditions for their golden years in a single locale. The facilities are designed to be age-friendly with amenities to encourage community living and social interaction for the active and healthy while also providing nursing care for those who need it in a standalone facility within the same community. 104 senior-friendly apartment units are specially designed in a 14-storey residential tower, while 14 units of single-storey villas cater to tenants who prefer living at ground level. The units are all designed as two-bedroom dual-key units, where one bedroom can be rented out as separate studio for additional income or in the case of downsizing. Spaces are designed with senior mobility in mind, generous circulation, minimised floor level changes, and placement of emergency call buttons in common areas such as bedrooms, living spaces and kitchens.

 

For the common areas, a special effort was made to create a resort-like atmosphere, with lush landscaping, a 50m-lap pool, a gym, and a cafe with a bar and kitchen. As senior prefer am active social life, the care residence is designed with ample common areas for socialising and recreation. The lift lobbies and circulation area laid out and managed in a way that they serve as pubic spaces for seniors to interact with each other. Every fourth-floor lift opens out into a strategically placed landscaped sky garden with seating.

The fire escape stairs are veiled in a layer of vertical greenery, which not only further enhances the garden setting but has also created opportunities for hobbyist gardeners to cultivate fruits and vegetables as part of their physical recreation. In addition, this development, which is centred on manmade lake and wetland park, provides additional recreational opportunities for the residents.