HSL announces ‘AIR — Building With Nature’ architecture competition with RM245k prize money

The competition site is located on a 13 acre piece of land between Kuching International Airport and Saradise.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, June 8: Hock Seng Lee (HSL) has announced its second national architecture competition, ‘AIR — Building With Nature’ featuring a total prize pool of RM245,000.

In a statement today, HSL revealed that the top prize is RM120,000, with RM60,000 for second place and RM30,000 for third. Additionally, there will be seven commendation prizes of RM5,000 each.


Jointly organised with the Malaysian Architecture Institute (PAM), the ‘AIR — Building With Nature’ competition aims to find the best masterplan ideas for a 13-acre plot of land between Kuching International Airport and Saradise.

This follows the 2021 ‘Langit’ competition, which sought the best high-rise designs.

The site is surrounded by established developments, including the highest residential prices and commercial rental rates in Sarawak.

HSL is the landowner and competition promoter, while PAM is the organiser. The competition is open to PAM members nationwide.

The competition will be professionally run with judging based purely on merit. PAM will present all entries anonymously for the initial shortlisting, after which, individual architects (or teams) will be called to present to jurors.

PAM has recommended a seven-juror penal, which will include a PAM Gold Medalist, the institute’s president, the Sarawak chapter head, a Green Building Index specialist and notable Sarawakian architects.

‘Air’ is Malay for water, presenting the nature of the competition site. The developer also envisions a development surrounded by greenery and fresh air.

According to HSL managing director Datuk Paul Yu Chee Hoe, HSL wants to have more open competitions because they believe in the value of good ideas and among the best ways to uncover new talent.

With AIR as the competition site, he also hoped to find the best design solutions through the competition.

“Submissions would be judged on environmental and commercial considerations. We are asking for eco and financial sustainability. For any development to be truly green, it must be financially sustainable. We want to build and maintain something long-lasting,” he added.

For more info, visit airkch.com or search #airkch on social media. — DayakDaily