Cocoon, PAM-DBKL Architectural Ideas Competition 2014 – Temporary Shelters for KL Homeless


The controversial plan to ban soup kitchens in Kuala Lumpur’s shopping districts by the Federal Territories Minister in 2014 opened the eyes of fellow Malaysians on the realities of the homeless. Based on Maslow’s hierarchy, the homeless lacks even the most fundamental of necessities. Metaphorically, the homeless community is perceived as parasites (eyesore, society, discards, etc.). This design exercise aims to provide a platform for the homeless to regain self-actualisation in order to ease back into the society. Like a cocoon, it is anticipated that the homeless will blossom into the next phase of life after their temporary stay in the Cocoon, and hopefully leave the state of homelessness behind them after emerging from the shelter.

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