Space of Indeterminacy

Community farm

The project is located in Bandar Baru Sentul in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where there is a concentration of public housing and a mix of low- to high-cost flats with an old community hall. The confined and enclosed design of the hall and other existing public facilities surrounding the site are dated and insufficient to entertain the entire neighbourhood as the population profile changes over time.

The redesign thus focuses on adaptability where people can ‘play’ with the space whenever and whatever they desire. It seeks to reconstruct a social platform in the form of a neighbourhood centre within the public housing area to examine a new typology of community facilities by exploring the late English architect Cedric Price1’s theory of space of indeterminacy. The concept is about the quality of uncertainty of spaces where boundaries are blurred. 

The neighbourhood centre is highly adaptable to people’s shifting recreational and communal needs. There is no limitation on functions, users and building size of the centre in order to bring the community together. With the adoption of the community-centred model, it offers flexible spaces for everyone to stay and gather for all types of social activities.

Project Name
Space of Indeterminacy
Project Year
July 2021
Bandar Baru Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Site Area
196,020 square metres
Building Height
15 metres; 3 to 5 storeys
Winnie Lam Yung Ni
Taylor’s School of Architecture, Building and Design
Master of Architecture
Ahmad Nazmi Bin Mohamed Anuar
Winnie Lam Yung Ni

This is an excerpt. The original article is published in
Construction+ Q4 2022 Issue: Year End (Review & Forecast).
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