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Bukit Mertajam Market

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Project Typology:

Design (Public)


Bukit Mertajam, Penang







In the heart of Bukit Mertajam, we embark on a transformative journey to redefine the essence of a market with “The HUES”. This concept transcends a physical space, serving as a testament to the vibrant tapestry of our community. The design statement unfolds in five theme, celebrating diverse community, vibrant town, social nodes, sustainable markets, and enriched culture.

  1. Diverse Community

The soul of Bukit Mertajam lies in its diverse people, and “The HUES” reflects this diversity in its architectural narrative. Traditional and contemporary design elements seamlessly weave together, creating a visually striking landscape that pays homage to the town’s various cultural influences. Market stalls, adorned with vibrant colors and cultural motifs, become microcosms celebrating the diverse identities housed within. Each stall tells a story, inviting residents and visitors to embark on a sensory journey through the kaleidoscope of cultures present in Bukit Mertajam.

  1. Vibrant Town

“The HUES” aims to transform Bukit Mertajam into a pulsating heart, resonating with the town’s dynamic energy. Vibrancy is not just visual; it extends to the activities within the market. Public spaces are designed for flexibility, transforming from market stalls during the day to lively performance venues in the evening. The architecture responds to the town’s rhythm, ensuring that “The HUES” becomes a living entity pulsating with the vibrancy of Bukit Mertajam through  open gallery, multipurpose room and other spaces that operate in different time.

  1. Social Nodes

“The HUES” seeks to be a network of social nodes—a series of interconnected spaces fostering community convergence. Design interventions create intentional pockets of interaction, such as communal seating areas, cultural exhibition zones, and open gathering spots. The market’s layout encourages exploration and engagement with these social nodes, fostering a vibrant sense of community. Linear market with central courtyard serves as a new focal point nurturing a collective identity.

  1. Sustainable Market

The market is designed as a model of eco-conscious architecture aiming for Green Building Index (GBI) Gold. From locally sourced and recycled materials to energy-efficient systems, the market minimizes its ecological footprint. Plazas, courtyards, airwells, open structures, green trellis and jack roofs contribute to sustainability while providing a visual feast of greenery amidst bustling market stalls. Rainwater harvesting systems and renewable energy sources ensure responsible design, contributing to community and environmental well-being.

  1. Enriched Culture

At its core, “The HUES” is a cultural sanctuary, transcending commerce to become a stage for local artists, performers, and artisans. Cultural exhibitions, live performances, religious activities and interactive installations infuse the market with a dynamic cultural tapestry. The market evolves into a living canvas where the town’s identity continually unfolds. “The HUES” serves as a platform for cultural exchange, fostering pride and ownership among residents.

In conclusion, “The HUES – Bukit Mertajam Market” is an unity in diversity, celebrating the past, present, and future of Bukit Mertajam in a blend of heritage, creativity, and community spirit. As the market transforms into a living testament of collective identity, “The HUES” becomes a beacon of community, culture, and connection.