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Factory in the Earth

Factory in the Earth

Mass production and consumption has reduced factory design to box-type architecture with sole consideration on productivity based on rationality. The project intends to transcend conventional factory stereotype by incorporating tropical climate characteristics of the site. The factory is located adjacent to a jungle in Johor, Malaysia

Local cultural elements are also included to forge deeper connection between the workers and the factory. In this way it becomes a space that encourages creativity; a building in harmony with nature as well as its’ social context.

Paying homage to and respecting the natural habitat, the project aims to create direct connection with the earth, fusing architecture with the jungle. The entire factory roof is a large continuous green space that shelters the factory spaces underneath, a natural continuity of the existing ecosystem. Indigenous species are re-planted on the roof and site in order to preserve genius loci.


Factory in the Earth

  • Johor
  • Malaysia
Completion: 2013
Used materials
  • Concrete

Type of Building

Architect Office