So recently, we had the opportunity to work on Kakiseni’s brand spanking new office and their community space located in SS2 mall.
If the name Kakiseni is familiar to you, you’d know them as the local art body in Malaysia.. Believing and making it happen for the local performing arts, Kakiseni is Malaysia’s foremost arts platform.
A work space for Kakiseni meant a space for creative freedom, unconventional yet filled with functionality!
Something different from your everyday piece of furniture – the raised surface is made out of recycled resak wood (firstly treated and sanded to remove splinter for sitting purposes) with reclaimed louver window panel as its legs. Definitely not something you can find in any furniture store!
Also not your everyday piece of furniture – the reception table has a solid concrete cement top with simple brick work as the base.
The light works at reception area is a fusion feel between modern and industrial – caged light.
What is mezzanine you might wonder? The word mezzanine comes from the Italian word “mezzano” which means middle. Architecturally, it’s usually a partial story between two main storries of a building. In this project, the mezzanine works as a private space apart from the common workspace area right above the meeting room.
Wide common workspace area gives an uncluttered and relaxing environment, and it also promotes open communication.
The tempered glass partitions are to reflect the transparency in the workplace.
To create a container feel in the meeting room, the walls are made from corrugated zink sheets as cladding surrounding the room.
The large meeting room is seperated into two spaces on any normal day. But on a given day a bigger space is needed, the middle bi-fold glass doors partition can be opened to expose a larger space to accommodate a bigger crowd.
At kds, we love to explore alternative materials as preferred construction materials. As such, we used recycled resak wood – treated and sanded for the top surface of the meeting table with prefabricated steel legs. It takes at least 4-5 strong men to carry this big thing, so you can imagine how heavy this is!
Free Space @ Kakiseni is a part of the new office space where it is opened for various activities with basic setup and low cost. Dubbed as a black box, it is surround by black curtains for sound proofing/absorbtion. Because of the versatility of this space, the floor is laid with engineered timber to cater to their need to be all-purpose.
To find out more about how this project was put together, check out our previous Unfinished Episode!