Plug-in Housing Development in Malaysia
Inspired by Le Corbusier’s Living Machine, this housing project situated in Johor, Malaysia examines the advantages of a hexagon as building unit. The proposal takes into consideration the rapid development of Asian cities due to an unprecedented exodus from rural to urban settlements.
Tay Yee Wei, a Malaysian architect, proposes plug-in dwellings where the cities will pay the costs of the primary structure (reinforced concrete) and the residents will only be responsible of their individual units. Each unit is based on a hexagon that could be combined with other modules to create larger homes for bigger families. The idea is to provide enough flexibility with one single component. Some of these units could be customized as green terraces and recreational areas while others could be used as research facilities.
Another important aspect of the project is that it could be dismantled with ease and transported to another location. In that way, the architecture responds to the different housing demands of the city according to their growth and economic situation.