The project illustrates an imaginary tower in the year 2095 that revised the traditional elements of Penang’s architecture and by doing so, it challenges the taboos and ideologies of preservation to envision a futuristic architecture that suggest the need of constant architectural growth. In Georgetown Penang where the heritages becomes the representation the entire city, the entitlement for its importance and preservation have made it almost impossible to imagine the potential future architecture for the city. Retrospectively, it is also impossible to disregard the existence of Penang’s heritage buildings.
To achieve the duality between preservation and progress, 3 scenarios were exercised to open up the reconsider possibilities of looking at the problematic opposition:
Scenario 1 – Refreshing the Present, when stararchitects designs in Penang Scenario 2 – Boxing up Georgetown, dividing the preserved and the developed Scenario 3 – 100 year old Megastructures, when the new becomes the old
The tower is a data collection that is constantly growing and constant update of culture, historical events and architectural elements for Penang over the time. With the re-composed Chinese shophouses architectural features, the floor levels are stacked onto one another and every floor higher indicates the refinement of its previous architecture feature to suit the locals; present lifestyles. The tower is designed to grow endlessly for the future while preserving every single details of its past. Every previous ornamentation, form, historical events, additional elements and lifestyles are used as references for the development of the new level. Thus, the nature of tower is translated as the reflection of every Penangites’ past, present and possible future.