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From Top Left: Gamuda Land chief operating officer Aw Sei Cheh, Gamuda IBS general manager and Housing 4.0 team leader Tan Ek Khai, Housing and Local Government deputy minister YB Dato’ Ar. Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah, PAM deputy president Ar. Abu Zarin bin Abu Bakar and PAM’s Housing 4.0 Project Team Leader Ar.Ang Chee Cheong. From Bottom Left: Housing 4.0 Winners; Honorary Mention (Syihan Amir’s Office), 2nd Prize Winner (GSD Architect), 1st Prize Winner (GDP Architects Sdn Bhd), 3rd Prize Winner (QHAWARIZMI ARCHITECT (with PRAKTIKA ARCHITECTS SDN. BHD. & MDRXA) and Honorary Mention Winner (VERITAS Architects Sdn Bhd).

The winners of the Housing 4.0 Design Competition, Malaysia’s first open architecture design ideas competition and digital innovation lab, was announced yesterday by Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) and Gamuda Industrial Building System Sdn. Bhd. (Gamuda IBS) at a awards’ ceremony held at Publika.

The design competition that ran since 16 April 2019, is a creative collaboration led by project team leaders from PAM Ar. Ang Chee Cheong and Gamuda IBS general manager Tan Ek Khai, attracting a total of 111 registrants.

PAM and Gamuda IBS are pleased to announce the winner of the Housing 4.0 Competition; 1st Prize RM80,000 - GDP Architects Sdn Bhd - Ar. Mohd Rashdan Daud, 2nd Prize RM40,000 GSD Architect - Ar. Leong Yew Kooi, 3rd Prize RM30,000 QHAWARIZMI ARCHITECT (with PRAKTIKA ARCHITECTS SDN. BHD. & MDRXA) Ar. Muhammad Qhawarizmi bin Norhisham, Honorary Mentions RM15,000 each Syihan Amir Office - Ar. Syihan Amir, VERITAS Architects Sdn. Bhd. - Ar. David Mizan Hashim.

The awards ceremony was graced by Guest of Honour, Housing and Local Government deputy minister Yang Berhormat Dato’ Ar. Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah. Also, present to witness the awards event were industry players and PAM members.

In his speech, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Ar. Raja Kamarul said: “The built industry today has better access to technology which provides opportunities to focus on sustainable innovation that draws the communities while optimising performance.

This competition is intended to reinvent the designs of future Malaysian housing through the use of Industrialised Building Systems (IBS) and Building Information Modelling (BIM), in line with the National Housing Policy 2019 (Dasar Perumahan Negara 2019) that targets to build 1 million affordable homes in the next 10 years.”

Gamuda IBS’ Tan shared that the competition was aimed at empowering designers and architects to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology, an online design tool in 3D, which will dictate what is produced by the robots in Gamuda IBS’ factories.

Digital IBS will reduce the country’s dependence on foreign and manual labour by 70 per cent, while building up a pool of innovative and skilled workforce that is ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).

“The competition is not just about a winning prototype design, but it’s also how the built industry collaborates via a digital platform. The competition witnessed many designs and schemes that will challenge conventions for housing.

Following the digital innovation lab, we look forward to engaging industry players, as a digital IBS solution provider, on ways we may be able to realize some of the Housing 4.0 competition ideas. In addition, we are pleased to have PAM as an industry partner to elevate the industry to be future-ready,” Tan said.

PAM’s Ar. Ang Chee said, “We are very pleased to collaborate with our digital technology IBS partner, Gamuda IBS on Housing 4.0. Housing issues in this country are complex and manifold, and this competition has provided a good opportunity to re-think housing and to bring the architects perspective to the conversation.

What the participants have shown is not a ‘vision’ of the future but new housing models using construction technology and design ideas available now!

While the competition requires architects to propose for the middle, affordable range to social housing, you will see that the designs are ‘luxurious’ in quality, showcasing light-filled homes, smart spatial arrangements, social amenities and most importantly, to promote a sense of community rich in neighbourliness (kejiranan).”

For more information on the HOUSING 4.0 Design Competition, kindly visit

(11 September 2019)


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Congratulations well done