Sketch Design Talks No. 4, Galeri Hanzhen, JB:
Presenters: Chris Parry (designer/artist), Harish Mustak (journalist), Ghinlon Wang (architect/lecturer), Michael Hinterbrandner (engineer) and Rui Hoe (real estate journalist).
Guest commentors: Tan Sri Shahrir Samad (mp of jb), Ian Mak (singapore consul-general), Dato Chua Jui Leng (lawyer/developer/hotelier) and Nooriani Mohd Yasin (school chairman).
Pre-function music: Ong Tee Yau on vocals/guitar.
Accompanying Exhibition: sketches of Johor Bahru by Buz Walker-Teach/Hanzhen
Attendance: 85 pax.
Sketch Design Talks No. 3, Galeri Hanzhen, JB: Galeri Hanzhen again play host to Sketch #03. Presenters were Ong Tee Yau (singer/architect), Lee Min Cheng (arch student), Chan Wai Lai (architect), Tan Cher Siang (engineer/lecturer), Wan Chyin/Ee Jay (arch students) and Buz Walker-Teach (lecturer/artist). Guest commentors were Dr Sivakumar (psychiatrist), Steve Cowan (Sri Ara International School/One Alpha) and Chris Parry (designer/artist/Johor Green).
Pre-function music: Yap Hanzhen on Piano.
Accompanying Exhibition: Japan Para Art Exhibition 2015
Attendance: 73 pax.
Leo Club SMJKPJ1, JB: Yew Peng and Yvonne Yap gave career outline for Architecture in a Lions Club JB sponsored event for SMJKPJ1 Leo Club which was attended by 200 Fifth Formers.
Sketch Design Talks No. 2, Galeri Hanzhen, JB:
Presenters: Sylvianne/Yannick (SLVinters), Claryl Chan (interior student), YKTang (architect/interiro designer), Edward Yoong (arch student) and Hong Lim Foo/Wen Yong (architect/student)
Guest commentors: Datin Patricia Lim (author), Mick Sedunary (civil engineer) and Jacky Lim (architect)
Suria Temporary Market, JB: The main building works for the market is nearing completion. It sports a couple of refreshing brickwall corner anchors to respond to the strong corner site. Fascia metal skins are fashioned like the pandan layered cakes, announcing the presence of the market.
Sketch Design Talks, Hanzhen Gallery, JB: Hanzhen Gallery hosted Sketch #01, a Design Talk series providing a platform for young people in the creative industry to share their ideas and aspirations in an unpretentious environment. Sketch #01 presenters were Lam Jiih Kui, Yvonne Koh, Chin Zhen Xun, Solahuddin and Norhairi. Guest commentors were Byran Teu (Uni of Melbourne), Peggy Loh (New Straits Times), Ghinlon Wang (Raffles Uni) and Priya Metcalfe (Raffles Uni). Initiated and sponsored by y.architects, this event was attended by 47 participants! This year long event will hope to attract a total of 60 presenters and will be compiled into a book.
Isola Grandeur, Senibong Cove, JB: Showhouses wtih swimming pool and id are completed for viewing. Designs are derivative of the tropical environment taking advantage of greens, water and light. Outdoor living are promoted with strategies made to embrace the water and river biodiversity that surrounds it.
OCBC Penang: Premier Banking Centre, designed in colloboration with OCBC and constructed by Pavillion Design has achieved completion. In a departure from the norm, this new centre sports exposed floor structure soffit, rusted steel, cement rendered floors, silkscreen floor patterns, track lighting, exposed brickwork, green walls and contrasted with decorated chandeliers.
Sebana Cove: Show houses for 102 units of double storey tropical courtyard bungalows facing the golf course off the south east coast of Johor are completed for launch. Bungalows feature courtyards and pavillions that epitomise tropical living.
Hilton Double Tree Hotel (35s)/(30s), JB: The hotel is completed. Trial stay has concluded and is now open for operations. Congratulations all round!
PAM Awards 2014: y.architects received commendation award for Batu Batu Island Resort in a trendy black-tie ceremony at the Pullman Hotel, KL.
Design Lecture: y.architects presented talk on Matahari School entitled "Planes Layers Form" at the PAM Centre in KL.
Batu Batu: y.architects' Batu Batu is featured in the Vol 26 Issue 2 of Architecture Malaysia and had the edgeless pool gracing the front cover.
Seri Alam Shops, JB: Contract for the 28-units shop office development awarded to Pancaran Temasek in a 12-months contract.
Seventh Cove, JB (41s): Planning permit approved for twin blocks of sharp modern skyscrappers.
Senibong Hills, JB: Designs are prepared for 53 units of courtyard homes where tropical outdoor living is exemplified by the introduction of private garden spaces.
Horizon Hills Ph7C7H, Nusajaya, Johor: 38 modern pristine white bungalow designs are developed for a wonderful golf course facing site. Views take predominance.
Horizon Hills Ph6A1, Nusajaya, Johor: Building plans are approved for 68 units of high cost double storey semi-d homes. Homes face the rear gardens and golf course in a new definition of lifestyle. Tender drawings are being prepared.
Jaro-CNY visit: y.architects visited JARO to celebrate the CNY greetings with the rehabilities and to distribute goodies in a roller box.
Emerald Bay Bungalows, Puteri Harbour, Johor: y.architects, together with RTnQ, are preparing building plans for Bandaraya's new iconic avant garde bungalows.
Pei Hwa Chinese Primary School, JB: Construction is completed for the new 4 storey building accomodating the canteen, administration, teachers and an auditorium for new school academic year.
Cub8teens (18s), JB: Piling works had completed. The MBWs is awarded to Wawasan 33 in an 18-months contract. .The language is of uncluttered clean lines and reductive detailing set in a dark rendered background.
Taman Gaya 4C, JB: Building submission plans are being prepared for 123 units of clusters, semid and bungalows for Phase 4C.
Trillium, Cyberjaya: 1st phase achieved completion.These superlink houses arranged in pairs sport sexy courtyards and spacious double volumes; displaying dramatic spatial interconnectivity.
Pei Chun Chinese High School, Pontian: The new school block addition achieved completion for the new academic year. Designed in reinforced concrete precast modules, it facilitates economy and speed in construction. It features sun shading devices to reduce energy loads. The display of extensive fair face concrete construction will give this privately funded Chinese independant high school a new branding. Designs are being prepared for new block to be used as a green auditorium.
JCSC club, Johor Bahru: The construction of the oldest club in JB in a strikingly new location in the city which overlooks a lake is completed. The design masterplan is made up of a series of pavilions with high pitched roofs and deep overhangs to respond to our climate and place.
Kulai Industrial Park: Plans are being prepared for 21 units of factories in 10 acres of gated industrial park.
Penawar Sentral: y.architects are designing for 224 units of 2/3-storey shop offices in the bustling town off the east coast of Johor.
Perdana Residences (25s), Bandar Jayaputra Perdana, JB: Building submission is being prepared for a block of apartments featuring a veil of vertical and horizontal screens to mitigate the environmental elements.
The Shades Apartment (15s), Tanah Sutera: Building permit received for 500 units in 2 blocks of bioclimatic apartments in Johor Bahru. These will feature green concepts starting with lowering down surface heat buildup with shading screens. The screens will present an ever changing dynamic facade to the street.
Emerald Bay Clubhouse, Puteri Harbour, Johor: y.architects, together with WATG are preparing building submission plans for Bandaraya's new iconic private clubhouse.
Cube176, JB: Building approval has been obtained for 176 units of terrace/cluster houses at Kangkar Pulai.
Kiwanis Hope Garden: Building Contract has been awarded to Gue Contruction for the 3-storey training centre for autistic and mentally challenged individuals. Set in a quiet neighbourhood, it is intended to provide them with intervention and training for integration into the society.
AR House, JB: CCC achieved for this modern tropical bungalow featuring a generous courtyard with sustainable and barrier free design concepts.
PAM Awards 2013: y.architects received awards for The Straits View Residences clubhouse and the Matahari Chinese School in a glittering black-tie ceremony at the newly renovated Majestic Hotel, KL.
Mt Austin Residences, JB: Construction has commenced for the 322 units of double storey terrace house in the prime gated housing development in the fast growing corridor of Mount Austin. The contract was awarded to Ken Lip Construction in an 18 month period.
Melawati Housing, JB: y.architects are preparing designs and building submission for 500 units of double storey terrace houses.
Matahari Private School, Tanah Sutera: First phase construction of this Chinese private school is completed and occupied for the 2013 year term. The construction by Kim Lun Sdn Bhd for the fast track project had most components pre-cast off-site. Laid in a courtyard-styled arrangement, this building adopts natural ventilation as the design generator for form and space planning.
Tebrau Central Market, JB: With the construction of the temporary market underway, TCM's building plans are now being prepared for submission so as to prepare for the relocation of the market and the clearance of the site.
Angerrik Villas, Kulai: Phase 1 of the feature stonewalled semi-Ds achieved completion. The semi-Ds are located in a gated and guarded pricinct adorned with an eclectically designed entry statement.
Massda Business Park, Danang, Vietnam: y.architects, in association with TE, are currently preparing building permit plans for a business park in Danang.
Wateredge Residences, Senibong Cove, JB: 244 units of strata land parcel waterfront terraces, clusters and semi-ds achieved vacant posession.
Suria Grand (33s to 44s), JB: Planning Permit is being prepared for a mixed development of 6 blocks of serviced apartments and shops. This project is done in colloboration with illustrious deisgn architect, RSP Singapore.
Romancing Architecture: y.architects delivered a talk on the practice's branding at the Johor Interior Design Association's function alongside celebrity talkhost Eric Leong and Razin Architect in the Bluewave Hotel, Johor Bahru.
Pulai Hijauan, JB: 255 units of the double storey modern terrace houses has been awarded to Hong Xin Construction Sdn Bhd.
Logan Heritage Restoration: y.architects shared the experience of the Logan Heritage restoration in a public lecture at Makhota Hotel organised by Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah.
Angerrik Residence, Kulai: y.architects are preparing the building plans for 81 units double storey terrace houses surrounding the villas and semi-dees.
Tunamaya Beach Resort, Tioman: Construction of the 29-units chalet is completed for occupation. Set off the pristine south-east coast of Tioman and lining the beach front, these chalets display traditional Malay kampung houses language and space planning.
Bayou Water Village: Bayou Water Village won the Fiabci Prix d'Excellence Awards 2012 for Leisure Farm in a glitzy ceremony in St Petersburg, Russia. Congratulations!
Mt Austin Residence, JB: Ken Lip Construction was awarded the 52 units of cluster houses for a contract period of 15 months.
Adda Heights, JB: Main Building Works construction had commenced for the new precinct 5 of fresh concept cluster housing featuring double volumes, balconies, floating screens and towering light boxes. Contractors are Empire Construction and Megah Perkasa.