Saturday, 17 October 2009

Substation Skin (Revisited from 2004)

Dealing with change doesn’t always have to be designed to work out well. The fact that the almost ubiquitous substations nationwide were designed to reflect the Malaysian culture – is a well known brutalist desperate attempt. However, technicality has forced architecture to picnic by the streets, exposed, connected to a larger context. Preoccupied with both spontaneous and precise material engagement with site, surely a reconception to such provocative design is the most frightening and exhilarating thing to do. The new substation did not debate which concept is better, but is celebrating the potential of any design to be at the site, respecting its surrounding and props. The message wasn’t that the new substation is wonderful, but that is subjective, as unique, vital, and open to interpretation. This substation skin design proposal is, by definition, a striking furniture in the landscape and as a reflection of the modern local context.

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