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Tuesday, 8 July 2008


April 2004

While going through our mundane daily routine, many of us seem to have forgotten the time that has passed by. Not until we pause the running time for a little while just to ponder back at all the hard work done in the previous years. We then realise that the years had flown by very fast. If you have the opportunity to sit and analyse the work of your life, I’m sure that you could still remember the lessons you’d learnt while undertaking the job

That was what happened to me when I discovered old CD containing files of my previous. I’d just bought a new 500GB External hard disk. I am planning to create an archive and rescue all my works from as early as varsity years in architecture school up till the present work. One of the files that I found today was done while I was working for a firm known as MOCA (Michael Ong Chartered Architect). It is an exclusive Semi-D development near Segambut. As per date stated in the files, the first initial schematic drawing was done in April 2004. I can’t believe it’s been 4 years since I worked on the design together with MOCA’s Design Director, Zafar. I could vividly recall the time we spent as the only designer in MOCA.

Brochure Design for potential buyers

Site Location

This plot is located in the Malay Reserve area near Hartamas and Kiara. Originally it was just a small Malay Village, but now several developments have been built around the area thus transforming it into a very elite residential area.

First Draft Design

Looking back at the first schematic design until its final draft for planning, this 18 unit semi-D had gone through a lot of processes. The careful intention to its design process was due to the fact that our own director is also the actual client.

These images were the first draft of the semi-D design layout. It was brilliantly designed to improvise the changes in site contour hence reduce the cutting and filling of land. Site strategies wee also developed to minimise the problem from floodplain. A lot of contour study was done to acquire the best solution for its cut and fill design. Based on the site cutting and fill calculation, it was finally decided that the best solution was to introduce only 2 types of semi-D.
First Draft-Type A PlanFirst Draft-Type B Plan

When I analysed the development of internal layout for the semi-d, it seemed that in the end it have become a very practical layout. Too practical thus along the way it has lost the initial sense of space excitement. To be honest it doesn’t make any different with any typical semi-D layout.

The design was perfected with several more facade studies. Again, most of the design is based only on one direction; contemporary tropical design. I realised there should have been more studies made to create different design direction or style. Apparently, a fine and unique design could have been produced if the more studies were carried out on the design style.
Facade Study
Final Scheme - Masterplan

Final Scheme - Type A
Final Scheme - Type B
During this project I experienced the work from schematic design up to making my own planning submission with various authorities. This was one of the excellent lessons I learnt under the supervision of the design director, Zafar. Even though it was a just a small residential development, the exclusiveness had provided me a great training to develop a good residential skills.

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