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This speculative project attempts to transform a leprosarium into a ‘vivarium’, envisioned and presented as a chronographic blueprint to redefine the paradigm of heritage conservation through a time-based approach. The designs introduced can be seen as a series of adaptive reuse that adopts the notion of reversible architecture, ‘shearing’ layers of buildings for a long-term trajectory of the project’s lifespan. In this proposal, the architecture is constructed as a narrative body to those relics of the past and traces of time—it is both old and new; past and future; decay and growth.

Located at Sungai Buloh, Malaysia, the 90-year-old settlement has a rich history of leprosy prophylaxis, care and research. Over time, it became fragmented ...

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