Author(s): A. F. I. Bajunid, M. Y. Abbas & A. H. Nawawi
‘Tessellation planning’, an accidental innovation initiated by a local architect in
Malaysia, fundamentally challenges rectilinear organisations of mass housing
layouts which has mainly dominated the Malaysian mass housing landscape.
This creative 2-dimensional tessellating method is merely a way of subdividing
land into small triangles and interweaving hexagons.
It is very much similar in
theory to tessellating a surface with different varieties of patterned tiles to
generate complex and unique patterns.
These patterns resonates forms of Islamic
Art, but rather than just mere colours, it is decoded into physical constructs of
houses, gardens, parks and roads.
Six ‘tiles’ unite to form a hexagon shaped
‘neighbourhood cul-de-sac’, containing a cluster of houses surrounding a small
The collective ‘tessellation of honeycombs’, efficiently
interlocks with one another, producing semi-pedestrian networks of a small
township rendering synergistic harmony with nature.
This paper aims at
expressing that inspiring thought processes by identifying its artistic precedents;
in bio-mimicking nature as well as its historical prototypes.
findings shall establish its quintessence.
It is desired that the crux of this
knowledge shall provide a design alternative to a much needed sustainable
framework of affordable mass housing planning, towards cultivating and raising
the quality of life in Malaysia.
tessellation planning, affordable honeycomb housing, cul-de-sac,
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/RAV110141
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This paper can be found in the following bookManagement of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development and Ecological Hazards IIIBuy