SPARKS • Southern Park by 5MEN Studio USM Team 2 (Structura Design Challenge 2014)

SPARKS • Southern Park by 5MEN Studio USM Team 2 (Structura Design Challenge 2014)


In the past, architecture buildings came with
ornaments and decorations, in different kinds of shapes, to fit different kinds of purposes. However, most of the recent buildings in Malaysia today
seem to be all boxy and boring, serving only it’s function without the consideration of
human connectivity, where residents comply to a
regimental lifestyle and boring routine. Architecture is suppose to enhance the connection
among humans and their surroundings, not inhibiting it. Somehow so many of our choices today tend to settle with reaffirming status quo by replicating
what’s already there rather than inventing what could happen next.
why do we conform to these pattern of life? why not have a relaxing conversation with
our friends in the morning? Why not enjoy the beauty of nature with our
work concurrently? Why not have a sweet jog and savour the fresh
air after our work? Shouldn’t we deserve to enjoy the greatness
of what nature has to offer? this has to change. as architects, we don’t
just dream stuff up,we alter the facts. Spark, by definition, is a small fiery particle
thrown off from a fire. Spark kindles, animates and stimulates
Spark is an inspiration. Spark is a trace of life and vitality The significance of a spark as a source for
a brilliant flame was shown clearly in many metaphors in philosophy and artists, for example
‘the Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo in which the spark of life is passed. Performing arts such as modern fire poi uses
wicks soaked in fuel, set on fire and spun for a spectacular effect of flying sparks. With that, we adopt the concept of the eternal
creation of sparks originating from a core, a centre node, just like our universe, where
planets revolve around a star of greater mass, and also being orbited by satellite planets
themselves, resembling the soul and spirit of this project. Having said that, a full green park with water
elements acts as the core, the centre node of this overall development, and the local community
are the sparks of this world class yet placemaking project, by which UDA Holdings Berhad is the
catalyst in turning these sparks into a flame, a conflagration of dreams in the very heart
of Tampoi, Johore. introducing – southern park – the place that
sparks In designing buildings, we focus on the experience
that you can take multiple desirable elements that might not fit together or even seem mutually
exclusive, like a green park and the high rise and merge into a new genre. In order
to bring the gardens into the towers, floor slabs are extruded out like sparks revolving
around the building core, which then turn into flames. Southern Park is located at the intersection
of Jalan Skudai and Jalan Padi Emas. Here is where it will happen for business, commerce,
finance, and improvements, to tap into opportunities around the busiest shipping ports in South
East Asia. In the natural tropical climate we have here,
we will introduce a four-acre, living ecosystem of green roofs with gardens and parks growing
throughout, to give your family and children a wonderful environment to call home, where
nature and water greets you in the middle of everything. The development features five towers of serviced
residences and offices, emerging out of a vibrant garden mall, where atop sits a state
of the art convention hall. This will be a happening neighbourhood where you will feel at the centre of things, while enjoying comfort and privacy from your residence above. The beauty, lies in that architecture could
turn pure fiction into hard facts Dreams into realities
Inner sparks into brilliant flames.

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