For the launch of SGA’s PavilionNOW, Q. Jade Saw Architect was invited to design the 2015 pavilion based on the firm’s idea for the use of bamboo and their ‘tacit’ architecture philosophy. The most challenging aspect of the design realization was the crafting of the bamboo ‘lidi’ (long strands of specific width), for which Orang Asli master craftsmen were engaged. The Orang Asli team and students from Taylor’s University Architecture Department harvested, split, treated, and wrapped the bamboo to create the challenging, undulating curves of organic distinction. The bamboo, sourced from local groves, was itself a testament to the philosophy advocated by SGA: supporting local materials and industry.
The 2015 Pavilion project later incorporated the space-specific light installation and sound composition, “Pools”, by acclaimed New Zealand sound artist, Paul Timings, who completed an artist residency at SGA in 2015. See the recording of this collaboration on YouTube here.