EPIC Homes Architectural Competition: Homes For The Orang Asli
EPIC Homes collaborated with University Malaya to run a competition of ideas, open to students and Architects in practice. They are a fantastic NGO, and further study of their website would make anyone realise what a noble cause that they are fighting for.
Our intention was to come up with a design that was modular, it allowed for future additions of the base module as the families grew bigger it was cheap to build, it did not require a lot of people to put up and it was quick to build. We proposed a 3m x 3m singular modular unit can be configured (added upon) to cater for different family sizes. It had to be constructed within 3 days by an unskilled person with basic hand tools thus we proposed modulation of a single unit to be assembled on site by using off-the-shelf scaffolding assembly components, but married to a bamboo structural frame. Bamboo poles were plentiful in the forest, and you could buy standard scaffolding components at any hardware stockist. The infill panels were supposed to be pre-cast wall panels system, off the shelf components from any IBS supplier in Malaysia. Admittedly, there were faults in the proposal, especially in the delivery of those pre-cast wall panels to places deep in the interior of the country. But, we think that the framing system has some legs in its idea application, and given another chance, we would possibly develop a new system for the wall panels.