Innovative prototypes to ‘de-programme’ low-income housing
To improve and humanise low-income groups’ housing through innovation, several design prototypes were developed for DeLIGHT Homes, which provide high-rise developments, townhouses and rural detached homes.
Low-income housing is often associated with problems such as low-quality design and construction; poor maintenance; insufficient ventilation; overcrowding; dark and cramped living spaces; and lack of safety. Hence, the prototypes seek to address these issues via elevating the spatial design, using industrialised building system and improving flexibility.
All prototypes of DeLIGHT Homes allow sections of its construction to be modularised—permitting standard sections to be fabricated off-site while main supporting structures are being erected on-site—thus speeding up the whole construction process.
INTERLOCKING HOLLOW BLOCK SYSTEM
The prototype of rural detached homes was selected to be built using Interlocking Hollow Block System (IHBS). This study of IHBS was part of a joint research helmed by Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (CREAM) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
Location (Built Prototype)
CIDB Complex, Malaysia
Status of Construction
Eleena Jamil Architect in partnership with CREAM
Principal Architects (IHBS Blocks)
CREAM and UTM
Interior Design Firms (Built Prototype)
CIDB IBS and su. sun Atelier
Eleena Jamil Architect and CREAM
This is an excerpt. The original article is published in
Construction+ Q1 2023 Issue: Housing Construction: Demand & Supply.
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