The Last Revelation

Project Tittle : The Last Revelation (2010)
Site : Tanjung Lumpur Bridge, Kuantan, Pahang
Program : Post-Disaster Fisherman Village
Designer : Qhawarizmi Norhisham
Supervisor : Wan Azhar Sulaiman

The Last Revelation was set among the ruins of Kuantan’s small fisherman village. The flooded city is now at the mercy of nature where survival has become the primary force driving its architecture.  The great flood is always referred as ‘The Arrival’ by the natives. The Last Revelation is a scripture written by the natives after years of surviving ‘The Arrival’. The legendary conversations between a man and the sea that leads to ‘The Arrival’ is told for generations based on the writings in the volumes of The Last Revelation. The Last Revelation refers to the final wisdom of the sea to the chosen one, projecting images of prophecies of ‘The Arrival’. After the great flood sinks Kuantan, the fisherman turn to the chosen one for guidance. City dwellers chased them back to the sea as they try to seek refuge in tall buildings. The chosen one leads them to the strip of hope, the Tanjung Lumpur Bridge, where they will once again build their village.

Projection of dreams in disciplined line merged, divided, and combined with each other. But not all is salvaged, circular void present lost memories and missing dreams.

The Analogy of Conversation Between a Man and the Sea.

A man had spoken to the sea; or dreamt of speaking with the sea; or thinks he had dreamt about speaking with the sea; had implanted the dream of living with the sea. He saw the sea running in the shadows of his sleepless nights. Chasing the men and women of the natives to the very corner of the land. Running into them and then disappear into thin air. The man was brave enough to follow the course of the sea. He then lead the people to built walls, and floors according to his dreams so that they will able to escape the next time the sea comes.

 The Last Revelation. Volume 1, Chapter 1-4

The analogy record and physicalizes the sequence of conversations that happened between a man and the sea. These conversations are a representation of the scenario of the pre disaster condition. The man is a member of a fisherman pack that lives along the coast of Sungai Kuantan. He is the chosen individual to convey and prepare his people for ‘the arrival’.  Through the prophecies conveyed through his dreams. The dreams are layered as thick as 9 layers, the fisherman always finds himself in dream of the other dream. But only 5 of the dreams are remained intact in the plane of memories as the other 4 dreams has drowned into the voids of memories. Knowing what is going to happen to each dream as the dream repeats, his fear of the future influence his conversation with the sea. Will he redeem himself when ‘the arrival’ finally arrives?

(The Rocks of Prophecies) – 9 plaster models resemble the Rock of Prophecies that represent the Conversation Between Man and the Sea. Each rock is an indication of a brief conversation of the Chosen One and the Sea.
(Dream Interealm) – The Chosen One had interwoven dream of the past, the future and the void. The dreams is repeating, connecting, disconnected, blurred and deceptive.
(Dream Half Remembered) – Captured vague dreams and its growth. Marking the point where dream is remembered and lost at the same time.

The series of work shown above is an attempt to give a physical attribute to a dream. An interpretation of dream in spatial dimension based on quote of Sigmund Freud ‘Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy’. My work start of with the elements of the sea from its straight lines and playfull curvature. The mixture of element attempt to re generate the uncertainty or the fragile state that dream present.

Evolution of village model.

The fisherman built a village along the bridge that merged as a small strip island. The dwelling and structure grows and evolved as time goes. Below, is the example model of structure in certain time period after the flooding.

Left – (One Week After The Arrival), Right – (One Month After The Arrival)

One Week After The Arrival – Dwellings are built by the fragments of jetty and the old village house that float on the sea surface. Dwelling is built with minimal surface of the bridge in order to accommodate large number of the survivors. Houses on the bridge are mainly for families with children or the boat master. Meanwhile the boat’s crew or the bachelor men dwell under the bridge.

One Month After The Arrival – Better construction made possible with further salvation of floating houses fragments. The combinations form a sturdy and spatially arranged dwelling. Emphasis on extraction of natural resources leads to expansion of the boat jetty and improvements of extracting tool. Salt are vital due to its chemical properties and the native extract salt from the sea by strings.

The air is wet. The air is always wet. The natives are shinny during the day. Sun reflect the forming crystals around their body. They need the crystals, living on waving ground is hard. But they manage to do so.

The Last Revelation. Volume 3, Chapter 1-2

Left – (Six Month After The Arrival), Right – (Two Years After The Arrival)

Six Month After The Arrival  – Sea resources become more vital as population start to grow. Facilities and equipments to help the fishing activities is enlarged. For the first time farming resources is executed more seriously due to growing consumption demand. Dwelling start to take more formal shape as better building materials are found over time.

Two Years After The Arrival  – Dwelling evolved into various functions that contribute to the whole society. (Community hall, factory, market, clinic)-programs based upon residents skills and knowledge.Addition of these new programs expand the dwelling into larger size. other components such as the jetty and kelongs also expand in size.Raw resources started to be process in order to manufacture wider range of household needs.

The Complex.

The evolution from humble small houses along the bridge finally taking shape to form mega walls village projecting to the sea, also known as The Complex.

Twelve Years After The Arrival – After more than a decade, the village had spur and new generation of population urge for larger expansion. They decide to build toward the sea, in a form of a wall. Wall that filled with dwelling and living spaces. The walls combined to form a larger cluster that they call ‘The Complex’. Each wall started from the expansion of initial small houses hanging from the bridge. The features of the initial house can still be seen, only in larger scale. The wall combined with other walls make up a complete whole of a fisherman village.

(Twelve Years After The Arrival) – A Wall model. Component that collectively form ‘The Complex’

The complex consists of many wall like shown here. Shown here is a model of the wall that consists of reproduction area, dwelling, community facilities, boat jetty and a light house. Each wall may varied to accommodated and support each other with different attribute. The walls are connected to multiple levels and continue to grow as the population blossom.

It is unsure if the docks are degrading because it is unfinished or because it has been eaten. The facing plank hanging of an elderly house looking downward with shame. Again, because it is unfinished and left before the craft master fixed it into place or has been ‘washed’ is still unknown.

The Last Revelation. Volume 1, Chapter 3-4

The Complex at the break of dawn.

Honoury Mention XXIII Architectural Workshop 2011 – TERANG! [National]
Design Ideas Competition LAM PART 2 Post Disaster Urban
16 June 2011

PAM Annual Student Exibition One Utama 2011
One Utama Shopping Center
3 Oct 2011 -9 Oct 2011

Selangor Property Expo Exhibition (SELPLEX) 2010
Shah Alam Convention Center
29 October 2010 – 31 October 2010

PAM Annual Student Exibition 2010
One Utama Shopping Center
18 Oct 2010 – 24 Oct 2010

XXII Architectural Workshop 2010 – Archustic
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
12 June 2010 – 16 June 2010