art of detailing



This is a detail of the ribbing pattern of our partition wall of the restaurant, echoing the curved shaped of Terengganu “sampans” or fisherman boats, made entirely by hand to this day and laminated carefully to emulate the same intricate and sophisticated detail that goes into making these wonderful traditional water crafts of this eastern state of Peninsula Malaysia.

Although limited in design ‘moderations’, we have kept most of the geometry to its simplest form with strong references to the architecture of the boat industry prevalent in this ‘eroded’ part of the world, being the lamination and the craftsmanship that is required to achieve the final result.




We found these two ‘ancient’ devices used by the craftsmen for their boat building business, totally beautiful and immediately legible in terms of their functionality and sheer simplicity. They found their way into the project quite easily and now rests amongst many of the decorative items on display within the premises.



If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.
Henry Ford

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Oscar Wilde

It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

ceiling geometry


The ceiling geometry echoes almost exactly the aesthetics of the keel of a boat, albeit with some geometrical reinterpretation, adding modernity. True to the older tradition of boat building, we secured the workmanship to its finest, enabling the correct expression, with good woodwork, and we have also refrained from adding too much colour and frivolous decoration to what is already a work of art with regards to working in wood. We try to keep everything simple, direct and raw, at least in terms of the finishing, wood is not quite surprising, it looks very good unpainted nor adorned. It is worth to note, however, that the form can be totally simple and yet its representation and interpretation of it can be so powerful when we discuss work issues, practicality and materiality.

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site works



Our on site presence was useful in demarcating the exacting shape and proportion to the fins [ribs] to be installed as partitions for the restaurant, it is easily decided once the information becomes ready for replication and construction. The template served as a guide for the manufacture of several of these ribs and they were rapidly constructed on premises to shape the various private rooms of the restaurant.




These are the original sketches prepared for the restaurant, at the earliest inception phase of the assignment. We have anticipated borrowing the aesthetics of the boat-building tradition of the fishing village of Terengganu, and we are pleased to have been able to retain this reference throughout the project.

boat building



This photo shows Ms Zeidler’s on-site activity aligning the final touches to the ribs for the duyong restaurant.

In sailboats, keels use the forward motion of the boat to generate lift to counter the lateral force from the sails. Sailboats have much larger keels than non sailing hulls. Keels are different from centerboards and other types of foils in that keels are made of heavy materials to provide ballast to stabilize the boat. Keels may be fixed, or non-moveable, or they may retract to allow sailing in shallower waters. Retracting keels may pivot (a swing keel) or slide upwards to retract, and are usually retracted with a winch due to the ballast. Since the keel provides far more stability when lowered than when retracted (due to the greater moment arm involved) the amount of sail carried is generally reduced when sailing with the keel is retracted.

There are several types of fixed keels including: full keels, fin keels, winged keels, bulb keels, and twin keels or bilge keels among other designs.

Non-fixed keels are known as canting keels or Swing keels. These are found on racing yachts such as those competing in the Volvo Ocean Race. They provide much more righting moment for a lot less weight, as the keel moves out to the windward-side of the boat. The perpendicular distance from weight to pivot is increased, therefore a larger righting moment is produced.

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Some images of the screens with individually crafted bowed arches, echoing the simple aesthetics of Terengganu’s boat building tradition. In plan, they form a visually continuous sweep of curves running the entire depth of the restaurant.

heritage bay club


The Terengganu Heritage Bay ClubKelab Teluk Warisan Terengganu – was established in conjunction with the debut of the Monsoon Cup 2005. Through its various commitments to the world of yachting, the Club aims to promote Kuala Terengganu as a world-class sailing centre for prestigious events as well as a training ground for sailing professionals and enthusiasts. A massive development being undertaken by one of Malaysia’s foremost property developers, the Terengganu Heritage Bay Club will also offer a host of restaurant facilities and amenities for corporate events and team building programmes, tours and community services.

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The masterplan development project in Pulau Duyong included building chalets at the Heritage Bay Club last year for the Monsoon Cup, an international yacht race. The Duyong Restaurant, by zlgdesign is now open to the public and serves breakfast and dinner for in-staying hotel and chalet guests.

About 36 berths have recently been constructed for the marina, with 180 berths expected to be completed by year’s end. The Monsoon Cup made its debut at the end of 2006 as part of the world’s second largest international sailing race – the Swedish Match Tour – to take place in nine stages around the world. The event has drawn celebrities including Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan and Ferrari chief Jean Todt to purchase property on the island.


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