The design for the taxi stand at kenanga was not only unusual it did not meet any of the aesthetic criteria set down by the local authority. It took a lot of effort to convince not only the officers at the municipal but our own clients who saw no benefit in designing something different. We must have fought everyone in the team, including the QS, the structural engineer, the main contractor, the end user, the facade department of dbkl, everyone including the road and drainage department of kuala lumpur. There were accusations that zlg were delaying the project, in fact the client battled to rid of this design initially. They even took sides with the authority! What a tiresome exercise this was and how incredibly difficult it is to propose the simplest things sometimes. How we feel it so important that the general public take more learned awareness towards their environment, all of the built forms that surround them in their lives and that they cannot allow antiquity and ancient laws hold meaning back from their reality of good and simple design.
So whatever it is that makes this a sustainable design comparable if not in fact superior to what is in the books ouhgt o be made known to all. Foremost its all concrete, so its not nuclear science, and its also totally maintenance free, there is no skylight (we had it before) or tediously but poorly detailed glass panels anywhere, no rust prone metal balustrades posing corrosion issues, no metal deck roof, no unsightly plastic rainwater downpipes or unnecessary roof gutters and no costly waterproofing membranes to maintain or worry about and ghastly black gaskets or unsightly silicon joints (associated with glazing work) to this design. Surely the authorities can appreciate this approach if what seems to be of their concern is vandalism and poor upkeep or maintenance.
The best part is it costs a fraction of what is already out there, and takes no science to build it. Just a lot of passion and faith.