study of the soffit: plywood detail

The ceiling of this restaurant in Pulau Duyong, located off the coast of Terengganu, has an aesthetic derived from that of a boat. The design is aptly conceptualised, it borrows heavily on the craftsmanship and the traditional arts of the Malay fishermen of the area. The posts are sculpted to look very much like the masts and keel of their boats, and the ribbed effect is similarly inspired, looking very much like the structure of the hull of a boat under construction. The project was hurriedly built to cater to the Monsoon Cup Boat Race held late 2006, and will be the host restaurant for many more races to come.