Āntārām, Nature Park Retreat
Āntā: Endpoint of a journey bounded by the sea; Rām: Stop, stand still amongst a dark shrouded entity. The proposal for Āntārām is situated in a Mangrove Forest overlooking the Selangor River system. The design explored the idea of focal point, sculpture and circulation in revisiting the notion of a weekend retreat in a nature park.
“The activity of such a spectator is creative; he recreates the phenomena he observes in his effort to form a complete image of what he has seen” (Rasmussen, 1962, p. 36).Weekend for 2, by weekday for anonymous? The design brief required us to propose a weekend retreat in Kuala Selangor Nature Park. The programme is for a stay-in retreat with habitable architectural spaces within 100 square metres. The recommended users of the space are primarily the students themselves.
The design starts with the question on the relationship of a private residence in the context of its two weekend-occupants, the heart of the mangrove site and the existing human activity. With this thought, the design intends to challenge the typology of the weekend retreat as not necessarily a ‘house’ per se; but an architectural sculpture inspired by the path to the micro site and its specific details along the journey, interpreted as the essence of the site.
Through this approach, the narrative of this scheme revolves around perceptions and comprehensions of architecture as a series of distant frames in which space and time continuously reveal new frames for the ever-evolving anticipated image of the building within the site. In brief, the proposal of Āntārām tries to explore the idea of focal point, sculpture and circulation in revisiting the notion of a weekend retreat in a nature park.