zlgdesign always maintained and believe that architecture is about people and never about style or about winning 'beauty' contests, although they enjoy research and intellectual discourse but never competition for the wrong purposes. They embrace whatever ideas or concepts that come in the way of development of their designs, whether this necessarily makes sensible methodology or not. These processes are not ends but means to create something unusual and unique and more specific and exclusive to either the brief or the physical contexts. The Duyong project for instance derives its concept from the place, many of the design features borrow heavily from the arts and the culture of the fishing village of Terengganu, whereas the AAR Centre contemplates on the essence of the site to inform the built form.

Today's buildings are designed to fit inside a parameter largely defined by their archetypes. This concept presents a challenge to zlgdesign's creative process as it embraces the idea of non-exclusivity between one building type to the other. In this context zlgdesign work away from mainstream typological sets, in fact they actually design ambiguous spaces or third spaces that exhibit truly hybrid functionality in the final execution.

"If it doesn't engage or connect with one's emotion, or if it's just not involving enough, we'll probably just throw it out the window. We won't want to take the design all the way to the end if it's not intriguing enough, and doesn't hold any mystery or surprises...it really isn't worth development time. The drama isn't going to be there by the time we're finished with it, there isn't going to be enough of it to sustain an experience", says Huat Lim.

Our latest project, Onyx is on the drawing board.