Tuesday, June 30, 2009

University Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) revisited

Last Sunday afternoon was my first glimpse of the Unimas campus in 5 years. The last time I was there, it was still pretty much under construction.

Do forgive me for the dull-looking, cloudy skies. I do intend to return here when the skies are better next time.

The Chancellory (where all the ''big-shots'' of the university reside) doesn't really catch my eye as a sophisticated and elegant building in its own right. I feel the architecture could've been much more promising here as a flagship building of the new campus.

The architectural language uses quite a number of simple geometrical shapes; blown to oversized proportions, along with the use of a few primary colours very sparingly.

Just in a short span of 5 years, the buildings seem to have aged so much, due to the detrimental effect of monsoon rain on soiling any white surfaces exposed to the elements. Such a pity.

Going up this flight of stairs to the building with the colourful beams will lead you to the library.

Perhaps the use of natural concrete colours could have off-set this issue, and gave these buildings a more classical ''louis kahn'' appearance.

Art displays made from scrap metal are also displayed around the campus.

Oh god, the transformers-mania has already taken Kuching by a storm.

The figurative expression of a stream running through the campus is realised to some extent here.

It would've been good if the wind was blowing all these flags up high.

Amenities abound throughout the university. To the right is the RHB bank and a cafeteria. If you continue walking down the steps, you may pay a visit to the University's bowling alley at rm4 a game (thats cheap!)

A pedestrian bridge links both sides of the University together.

If you can observe to the right, there's a tiny island in the middle. In fact there are 3 of them which can be seen in the lake. If I was told correctly, there are some graves still located on these little islands which the contractor never dared to relocate during building works. They had better leave the islands (and their ''clients'') in peace..

Thats all for now. Cheers.

1 Comment:

The Skatemusicianer said...

Luke and I used to skate there. But the flooring's terrible..


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