The Dematerialised Threshold

The project brief calls for the establishment of a cultural and innovation centre in Muar, Johor. This aims to boost the creative sectors and to promote the city’s culture, especially in the art and tradition of songket tenun weaving craftmanship. The designer’s intention is to heighten the appreciation of the traditional fabric that has survived the garment industrialisation in the historical town of Muar.

The project takes inspiration from the site’s palimpsest and the memory of the space that narrated the people’s everyday life. The original Nanyang shophouses, the way of living over the past century, used to be where the local artists weaved. The renovation will retain the original ambience of the shophouses; thus, the spatial narrative will be based on the traditional way of weaving the fabric. What will be introduced is the modern technologies to aid the processes.

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Student Name
Kalvin Bong
School of Architecture, Building and Design, Taylor’s University, Malaysia
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architecture
Eric Chang
Project Name
The Dematerialised Threshold
Project Year
July 2019
Muar, Johor
Gross Floor Area
3,000 square metres
Building Height
3 storeys
Majlis Perbandaran Muar
Kalvin Bong