Kajang Community Centre
The term ‘Community’ reflects the soul of the building; it’s people. It is about the past that carves out its present state. The centre provides a third space with complementary programs to invite the public to experience the heritage values of the site, increasing the social and optional activities which builds relationships between people. The design is explored with horizontal engagement, permeability and soft edges in relation to Life Between Buildings by Jan Gehl.
‘Many things go on to be sure, but both people and events are so spread out in time and space that the individual activities almost never get a chance to grow together to a larger, more meaningful and inspiring sequences of events.’ – Jan Gehl, life between buildings.
Kajang – a town perceived as a conglomeration of differences. The young and old move forward in time, but the events are scattered although they coexist. They cross paths each day, but only at the fringe. Do they stay, just to celebrate the usual?
The emphasis of experience in the micro scale of the town is mediocre, various activities can be found scattered that do not correlate with one another. Thus, opportunities are brought forward into the Community Centre where the programs are able to complement each other without interfering one another, a place where the people of Kajang can dwell, establish and express their skillsets, a third space that fills the void.
Through the readings of Jan Gehl, the centre emphasises on elements of horizontal planes that sets the primal points of human engagement as it creates higher level of intimate encounters between one another. The extension of void into the public realm carves out opportunities for interstitial spaces made as ephemeral stop points to build engaging human traffic within the building.