Product Used: UNILOK

Architect: Arkitek JFN Sdn Bhd

Awards: PAM Architectural Steel Awards 2009 – Residential Building category

EASTERN TIMES. TUESDAY July 14, 2009

KUCHING: Arkitek JFN Sdn Bhd, a Sarawakian architectural firm, was recently awarded the Winner for the “Residential Building” category, during the PAM Architectural Steel Awards 2009, held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on July 4 2009. The annual PAM Architectural Steel Awards, organized by the Malaysian Institute of Architects to recognise an architectural material. This Award was also supported by Clean Colorbond and Bluescope Steel (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. The jury cited the award-winning “M + M House” by Ar. Mike Boon, the principal of Arkitek JFN Sdn Bhd, as “a very chic composition and sleek use of materials to produce a delightful Semi-Detached House. Adapting from the indigenous longhouse, this owner-design- and-build project is one where functions take precedence without compromising the form. The flexible open spaces allow its occupants to share it with their friends and community for cultural activities. The “M + M House” tests design boundaries with simple standard materials available in the local industry to create a sustainable tropical architecture. It also aims to educate the local to shift their perception of the stereotypical residential typology, especially with the use of steel which often had a very industrial connotation.