The journey to site began in an arduous adventure on foot at the edge of a small tropical town. In a bewildered quest to locate the site boundary within a hinterland, the design team trekked through acres of abandoned oil palm plantations and on what seemed to be one of the few remaining grasslands for a dairy farm in the locality. The exact location of site remained unidentified on the first day as the crew felt disoriented amidst large, undulating hills within an agricultural landscape that will soon disappear as development plans for urban housing in the area has been set in motion.
Whilst studying the site, an unusual landscape pattern emerged. The prevailing palm oil trees had formed a border around an area of what was later known to be a cluster of rubber trees preserved during the land-clearing works. This incident inspired the ensuing design process.
▼树林掩映下的入口路径，the path to the gallery is found at one end of the preserved rubber forest
▼建筑近景，a closer view
▼参观者们将借助抬升于地面的、蜿蜒的金属平台穿越树林，visitors are encouraged to find their way through the trees on a winding and elevated metal platform
▼外观细部，facade detailed view
▼起伏的屋顶，the undulating roof
▼建筑的形态使人联想到向着地面缓缓延伸下来的连绵起伏的山丘，the form of the building is a reminiscence of compressed, undulating hills that slope towards the ground, disregarding any sense of scale
The design of a human experience preceded designing the actual building. This is a journey in which one discovers a forgotten place. The path to the gallery is found at one end of the preserved rubber forest as visitors are encouraged to find their way through the trees on a winding and elevated metal platform. Due to the building’s striking red facade, one can always vaguely see it behind the forest. However, its image is never certain nor fully revealed. Entering the forest path is akin to a entering a dark cave. Conversely, one sees a huge white cave when walking into the building’s gallery.
▼通往各个展厅的走廊，corridor leading to exhibition halls
▼从走廊望向展厅内部，view outside the exhibition hall
Across different functional areas, the scale of space changes dramatically from one end of the building to the other as ceilings rise and fall above the head, and as walls fold in and out at various places, framing fragmented views of the outside at angles. A zig-zag corridor leading to an internal courtyard garden that serves as a central point to the office space is all part of a designed journey that mimics the experience of searching for a destination in a forest.
▼内部庭院的顶部，top view of the internal courtyard
▼内部庭院是办公区域的核心地带，the internal courtyard garden serves as a central point to the office space
▼从办公室看内部庭院，courtyard view from the office
As one leaves the site southward, the building is fully revealed with the forest behind it. Its form is a reminiscence of compressed, undulating hills that slope towards the ground, disregarding any sense of scale.
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan
▼东立面图和西立面图，east elevation and west elevation
Project Name: Red Hill Gallery (红山馆)
Office: MOA Architects (建筑制造)+ Formzero (建筑无型)
Lead architect: Cherng Yih Lee (李诚毅)
Team: Desmond Lee (李国闻), Justin Lee (李贤伦), Hung Sing Ing (洪心仁), Tan Ewe Liat (陈有烈)
Construction Year: Jan 2017
Completion Year: Jan 2018
Typology / use: Sales gallery and office
Land area: 20,000m2 (5 Acres)
Built Area: 1,160m2
Project location: Seremban, Malaysia
Structure engineer: Perunding LNL
M&E engineer: YF Perunding
Interior design: Luna Solutions
Landscape architect: HODA Design
Quantity surveyor: Jurukur Bahan FPS
Contractor: PJD Construction
Photographer: Ronson Lee from Twins Photography www.twinsphotograph.com
Film: LYS Studio