Author: Safuan Fikri
UiTM Seri Iskandar- Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying
Malaysia is the land of culture and history. Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, is one of the country’s key gateway cities and includes one of Malaysia’s most famous manmade structures, the Petronas Twin Towers. MV+Setup is a futuristic Malay village designed to be on top of a building in front of the Malaysia’s most notable building. The “M” and “V” stands for “Melayu Village” and the word “Setup” which carry its own definition of “the assembly and arrangement of the tools and apparatus required for the performance of an operation”. The village functions as a technological and planned setup where each and every one of the house contributes its purpose to the whole village. Every house has its own platform and its own private space. For each platform, it has its own purpose and function to create one working setup for an efficient and innovative village.
MV+Setup gets it concept from the word equity, “The quality of being fair and impartial.” Modern and contemporary buildings designed by overseas architects have always been appreciated and celebrated by the locals in Malaysia while Malay traditional houses are neglected and forgotten. The project was designed to make people to be more appreciative and aware of Malay traditional houses from its construction, structures, culture and history.
The village is designed to be on top of a forgotten historical building in the heart of Kuala Lumpur as an analogy for the people to look up to our history and origins and where it can grow despite the high and massive buildings surrounding Kuala Lumpur. The subject matter of equity is to be found between the traditional Malay houses and contemporary building where the traditional Malay houses are designed as high as the buildings surrounding the houses. Hence, the village is designed on top of Wisma Equity (Equity Building), emphasizing on the “equity”.