As huge fans of bamboo, we had to share with our readers this impressive new playhouse in the center of Kuala Lumpur’s tranquil Perdana Botanical Gardens. Eleena Jamil Architect created the community gathering place with the desire to raise the profile of this sustainable building material, which is rarely used in modern Malaysian architecture. She hopes it will become a mainstay in future structures.
The freestanding construction is found at the edge of a peaceful lake, and consists of 31 identical square landings. The alternating heights of the decks create an engaging floorpan for visitors, as do the tall columns in the center of each section, sprouting from the floor like a tree to support the roof. Hanging bamboo treehouses, referred to as “baskets,” are found throughout the structure, adding height and a playful spirit.
Inspiration for the playhouse comes from “wakafs,” or simple shelters built for entire communities to share. The design serves as a collection of such wakafs in the center stretch of the gardens, inviting children and adults alike to gather under its shade. Performances and exhibitions have been held in the space, generating a geniuine community atmosphere.
Images via Marc Tey Photography