WIT Press


EDITING THE ORDINARY: EXCEPTIONAL RENDITION OF NGO-KA-KI HOUSE

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SC170331

Volume

223

Pages

12

Page Range

377 - 388

Published

2017

Size

675 kb

Author(s)

MOHD FAIRUS KHOLID, PUTERI MAYANG BAHJAH ZAHARIN, KARTINI KASMURI

Abstract

The Chinese embodiment in most major cities in South-East Asia is widely being articulated through the existence of shop house. Its renowned status has overshadowed the “Attap” house that was built during the early Chinese migration. In Malaysia, evidence has shown that shop house was first derived as a simple “Attap” hut that was built by the Chinese merchant to service the tin miners. The “Attap” house is also said to lay the basis for shop house. This paper aims to explore the Chinese spatial and spiritual essence through the interpretation of the layering of the Chinese “Attap House”. Certain perspective of Chinese family structure and their perception on cosmological epitome, profitability and growth, and the concept of flexibility through the creation of ‘Kaki Lima’ are thoroughly identified. “Kaki Lima”, or five-foot way in English, is translated as “Ngo-Ka-Ki” in Chinese dialect. As such, the interpretations of the Chinese “Attap House” are edited and formulated into a scheme, which is not merely a house but rather incorporated as a manifesto. The “Ngo-Ka-Ki House” is a setting to investigate the paradox of Chinese essence that alters the spatial quality of a living quarter, thus anchoring the idea of Chinese living in a broader spectrum.

Keywords

chinese embodiment, shop house, five-foot way, spatial quality, living quarter