Capturing the urban vibe
SWOT Design Group Sdn Bhd, headed by its executive creative director/founder Sean Yeap will highlight “Urban Camper” as its design concept, pointing to the “back-to-basic” amenities for a modular and fuss-free portable dwelling space that complements the surrounding natural surroundings to a tee.
Teaming up with the firms designers Jimson Goh and Rakhee Muniandy, the idea behind the design shared Yeap, was to “de-clutter unnecessary space”. Employing recycled and environmentally-friendly materials, the design concept that can be adapted with slight modifications for the base or footing area also embodies a modular or portable scheme that is suitable for all types of natural terrains and surroundings.
The design he shared was inspired out of “the difficult challenge to create a sustainable and conducive urban dwelling for the future generation”. In view of the escalating price of land and is increasing scarcity, he said his design was aimed at changing the mindset of the future generation with the idea that “big dwellings” do not necessarily equate with “sustainable or conducive urban dwellings”.
Visitors to his design area can expect to be inspired by a “new sustainable and conducive urban dwelling” surrounded by nature – an idea mooted for the future generation. With his design, he hopes to illustrate to home owners how they are able to capture and own a piece of their natural surroundings available literally at their backyard and incorporate this into their lifestyle. “The ‘Urban Camper’ facilitates the ease of future relocation to another area,” he reiterated, saying that the design represents a “feasible model to be replicated by developers” by virtue of it employing a “much simpler, eco-friendly method of land development or construction”.
This, according to him, can address the issue of the overdevelopment of land with only low energy required during the construction process, dispelling the myth that massive construction is always required.
“The entire development can even be built on an existing piece of land surrounded by natural forest, rivers or ponds. In this way, both the developer and homeowners can proudly share the responsibility of achieving a balance in the overall Urban Cube development, doing away with unnecessary land-cutting or the felling of trees or harming nature in order to build this project,” he said of his proposed ‘Urban Camper” occupying 263 sq ft of built-up area.
“The compact-sized, back-to-basics urban dwelling is a great way to achieve a sustainable and conducive living space surrounded by nature, where homeowners are able to own a piece of their natural surroundings”.