Camiel Weijenberg Wins Perspective’s 40 Under 40 Architecture Award by camiel weijenberg

Camiel Weijenberg collects his 40 Under 40 Award at last night's ceremony in Hong Kong

Camiel Weijenberg collects his 40 Under 40 Award at last night's ceremony in Hong Kong

Camiel Weijenberg, Founder of internationally award winning firm WEIJENBERG, was bestowed Perspective’s 40 under 40 Accolade at an award ceremony in Hong Kong last night. The 11th iteration of the Awards saw 40 creative stars in Asia under the age of 40 recognised from the fields of architecture, art, interior design and product design, believed to shape the design world in decades to come.

Camiel was commended for his contribution to architecture entering projects such as conceptual green building of the future – Chicago Towers, international landmarks – the Art Interchange in the Gold Coast and Busan Tower, as well as eco residential projects – the Sri Lankan Boutique Resort and Eco Bungalow in Singapore.

Each design infuses the firm’s signature aesthetic ‘Crafting the Traditional’ which combines cutting edge technology with traditional methods and materials. Designs are fueled by a passion to create inventive spatial experiences and to find form beyond constructive logic.

Celebrating Asia’s young design leaders, the 40 Under 40 practitioners are based and work primarily in the region as Asia continues to cement a name for itself for prodigious design and creative flair. Winners were chosen by Perspective’s editorial team, with selections based on the nominee’s professional achievements, contributions to the industry, potential for future development and growth as well as excelling in creativity, artistry and innovation.

Camiel Weijenberg commented, “2017 has been a year of moments. It is the year I got married, am expecting my first child and have been recognized by Perspective’s 40 Under 40, just before my 40th Birthday as well!

Importantly this Award recognizes what is yet to come. At WEIJENBERG we will continue to challenge the norm and view the world differently through research and experimentation. We will continue to envision ideas which reflect strong themes of sustainability, utilizing new materials and revolutionary technologies to improve the world in which we live, provide a better life for city-dwellers and create the unique.”

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Brelades Bungalow Pavilions by camiel weijenberg

Brelades Pavilion

The Brelades Bungalow is situated on the highest peak in Penang in Malaysia with beautiful views over Georgetown and its surrounding forest.  An original heritage house, WEIJENBERG has conceptualized a new extension and renovation with added functionality bringing the building into the 21st century.

The original bungalow was built in 1927 in the style of Eastern and Western ele­ments. It had adopted characteristics from Malay architectural traditions combined with Colonial architectural style tem­pered by Chinese manners. The character of the building is introvert and private, closing out nature and the sun.

Our idea was to take an opposite approach – to turn the building from inside out. We wanted to generate contrasting structures which have an unexpected dialog with the existing bungalow, which lead to the creation of an exposed and non-structural exterior opposing a closed and load bearing interior. Using this approach we created pavilions connected with the surrounding rainforest allowing for breathtaking, column free views of the surrounding lush greenery. In response to the brief three separate pavilions were designed – a reception for guests, a pavilion for family and one for the poolside and relaxation.

Each pavilion has an internal loadbearing concrete core, which smoothly grows over to a cantilevered roof structure. The thickness of the suspended concrete roof structure varies regarding to the structural requirements, growing from thin roof edges to a bump above the core. The external layers of the pavilions are made up of thin glass walls and sliding doors.

Each is cleverly composed of architectural structures beyond the limitations of constructive logic all from the same family, but with different characteristics according to needs.