| Authors: Zhe Hong, Tan
| Instructors: Dr. Mohd. Zairul Mohd. Noor, Madam Ida Suriana Ismail
| University Putra Malaysia (UPM)
| Architecture somehow is more than just frozen music.
The project is to propose a Youth Station which envisions the living of tomorrow’s youth, where it has the opportunity to allow greater flexibility and change over time within the spaces, and in turn would allow to adapt a plethora of festive event arrangements in the future. In today’s no boundary world, the space flexibility and adaptability allow youths to travel inside and abroad to enrich their knowledge and easily expand their social circle to learn from one another. In this case, event spaces are no longer static and absolute, they evolve and develop over time, reflecting the spectrum of social values within and around the community, especially youths. The building challenges the future design boundary, exploring how dynamic music strategies can be used to understand community context, celebrate youths character, and ultimately create, reinforce, and enhance sense of place. Music as a universal language is believed to be the catalyst that allows youths to express themselves freely. Music can be seen as a source of support– regulating their mood or helping them deal with feelings of boredom or loneliness. But deeper than listening to music, when youth engage in making, producing or curating music it provides powerful ways to help them shape their social identity.
Sited in Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia; visible from Musical.ly Youth Station is the Shah Alam Highway which is just beside the site boundary. The site is surrounded by universities, commercial and large scale of industrial areas. Under this circumstance, the design challenges and creates a future point of difference, its own expression, yet it is a good neighbour to the surrounding buildings. It creates inspiring spaces of ideation which integrates flexible platforms for surrounding college students to socialize through music-related activities (i.e. via showcase, concerts and tutorials). Also, the design allows filtering and activating the drowned streetscapes which is influenced by large industrial areas.
Furthermore, as a macro-vision of today’s music industry in Malaysia, lacking of government and social will, and commercial values, cause the “brain drain” issue to happen. Hence, by integrating musical concept, it is believed to not only splash the life pattern of youths, also serve opportunities to act on their interests and talents, then to promote Malaysian music culture to the world. With these aspects, the main event space would aim to be open and change its programmatic appearance every three months with different genre of musical events. The flexibility and adaptability of the spatial design hence showcases the permanency of “festivalisation” of the site and the station itself.
The project will also focus on envisioning sociological aspects that would contribute to well-being humanity. ‘Socialization’ is induced in term of space planning and programmatic strategy. The design thinks about the in-between where permeable environment is connected between two programmatic areas, it leads to better engagement and fruitful interactions with welcoming ambience. In terms of architectural planning, numbers of openings and hierarchy platforms are introduced in the design to serve the flexible interaction among the users.
In order to envision the ecological and technological aspects that would contribute to the well-being of humanity, a series of ecological environment friendly schemes and building materials have been implemented as shown in below.
- To reduce heat gain and glare, also promote and enhance the sense of “festivalisation”
Flexible kinetic device which operated by natural energy transformations and geometric shading louvers are provided at both southwest and southeast façade to control the amount of glare and heat from penetrating to the dormitories.
- To integrate tropical greenery
Trees and plantations are interweaving around the site and into the building spaces helping to absorb CO2 and produce oxygen. It is to create a natural ambience to help youths to express more freely.
- To maximize the use of natural day lighting
More than 50% coverage of NFA in public spaces and all youth dormitories illuminated by natural daylight through large glass openings.
The application of Natural-Light-Tubular-Skylights also captures natural daylight with no wiring system needed.
- To maximize natural ventilation & thermal comfort
Openings are provided on all sides of the building to allow for cross ventilation and stack ventilation.
- To cool down the rooftop and ceiling surfaces
Roof gardens help to cool down the roof top surface and to provide human comfort
- To maximize external views/ visual comfort
Each dormitory is well organized to share a green balcony that would provide external view, thus creating indoor and outdoor relationship of spaces and enhance socialization.
- To provide flexible platforms and spaces to adapt for ever-changing programmes
A huge folding door system beside the main stage and hydraulic system performing platforms in the garden are also being introduced in order to enhance the flexibility of spaces and programmes in the building.
- To reduce the sound from escaping to neighbouring areas
Acoustic practice is applied in some parts of the walls, ceilings and floors to ensure the sound isolation works perfectly. Stacking plantation of all floor levels act as natural sound barrier.
- Sustainable building materials and innovative building technology
Regional materials and low-VOC materials are used.
BubbleDeck slab is applied in the building to increase the span of building without the need of beams and also to reduce the use of structural concrete by 35%, hence it is able to lower the energy consumption and reducing the emission of carbon dioxide.
- Air conditioning system
High Coefficient of Performance (COP) VRF system is applied in dormitories and private areas.