From left: Michelle Ong (Kirk AUD), Dr Thomas Tang (KLCSI), Hairil Ridzwan Harmain (Kirk AUD), Dato’ Mohamed Marzuk Mohamed Basir (AECOM), Amina Dautova (Kirk AUD), Andrew Browning (Kirk AUD), Naila Mazzucco (AUSTRADE), Yoong Huey Yee (PEMANDU) & Reuben Foong (AUSTRADE)



Elderly Day Centre of the Future Revealed

Kuala Lumpur (17 August 2016): An innovative building design contest called the ‘Elderly Day Care Centre Design Competition’ organized by the Kuala Lumpur Centre for Sustainable Innovation (KLCSI) concluded recently with the selection of Kirk AUD Sdn Bhd as the winner.

The contest was organized to seek innovative new approaches to community centre designs to meet the diverse needs of communities today. The successful submission will form the basis for the development of a community centre on a 10,000-square foot site in Jalan Union, Sentul, Kuala Lumpur.

Dr Thomas Tang, Managing Director of KLCSI said: “The concept that we are looking for is a community building that will revolve around the needs of the immediate local population – the elderly, adults, youths and children. The centre’s facilities will have to take into account activities and services that cover health, social, recreational and educational purposes.”

Several local architectural firms were invited to participate in this contest back in April 2016.

“We received very strong and detailed submissions, each with its own strong merits. It was a tough call and upon lengthy deliberation by a panel of judges, we all agreed that the submission by Kirk AUD Sdn Bhd was the one most in line with what we were seeking. Overall the design is current, multi-functional and blends well with the surrounding environment,” Dr Tang said.

“With the winning design identified, the next stage will involve KLCSI seeking partners to jointly develop the building.”

The brief given to competing firms included the following:

  • The community centre will be used by the elderly, adults, youth and children.
  • It will meet the typical needs of a community which include but not limited to health, social, recreational, educational, sustenance (food), security and economic needs.
  • The building is intended to be a temporary building with a minimum built-up of 15,000 sq. ft. across 3 floors.
  • The components of the centre will include but not limited to a central garden, children’s day care facilities, elderly day care facilities, a café, a library, space for sports and fitness activities and an urban rooftop garden.
  • Flexible space.


The plan is for the centre be built using Industrialised Building System (IBS) construction technology to reduce construction cost and time while improving quality. The project will explore cost-effective and practical green building designs as well as technology and practices that can easily be adopted by homes in the community.



The Kuala Lumpur Centre for Sustainable Innovation or KLCSI was set up as a collaborative hub to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to improve KL’s living environment.

A joint venture between Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan and AECOM, KLCSI’s mission is to provide living laboratory services to fast track the research, test-bedding, and deployment of projects to improve liveability in the Klang Valley as well as to create commercial opportunities in Greater Kuala Lumpur.

Our work involves research and development efforts, conferences, trainings, workshops and living projects to support technology and product owners, entrepreneurs and innovators in realising their ideas for the KL of tomorrow. Visit for more info.


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Dr Thomas Tang,

Michelle Anthony Rajoo,