Reliving Gedek

The first among our many projects has been a rather breathtaking installation dubbed Reliving Gedek, an eight meter tall two-storey structure. A collaboration between our KLI Group and MODERNSPACE, along with woven surface specialist BYO Living, the installation is intended to promote awareness about sustainable materials, wellness, and vernacular architecture.

Gedek itself is a vernacular Javanese construction element comprising a woven bamboo surface over a coconut timber or teak frame. Through Reliving ?Gedek?, the architect aims to reinterpret notions of prefabrications, breathability, and visual porosity by building the structure entirely out of plywood and woven rattan panels, the materials being courtesy both of our KLI Group and BYO Living.

Remarkably, Reliving Gedek can be installed in less than 24 hours, despite the team involved in it being relatively smaller. Its quality, however, suggests permanence — a testament to today’s evolving fast-paced building industry. The structure comprises prefabricated triangular frames made from sustainably cultivated meranti wood, while the gaps between the structure are fitted with operable woven rattan panels. 

Since many were unaware that plywood can serve as a structural element at this scale, Reliving ?Gedek ?is as much a material exploration as it is a reimagining of a humble vernacular element. It becomes yet another testament to how likely it is to accomplish an eco-friendly timber building through various scales and complexities.