Big Dutchman


Big Dutchman Agriculture Sdn Bhd is a global livestock equipment company that operates on the International Arena. Its ‘Brick by Brick’ relationship metaphor lies on its commitment to traditional values of building community, making connections as synonymous with building business. Thus has culminated in building its new 20 acres HQ and Warehouse campus in Bandar Bukit Raja Klang in Malaysia after outgrowing its current developed less than 10 years ago.
The site lies in a high density heavy Industrial zone surrounded by energy intensive factories which imposes visible infrastructural pressures into this area. This is in contrast to the origins of BDA operations in rural Europe where Industries co-exists in green sensitive environment. Therefore, the Klang Campus draws from its European origins by breaking the mould in Bukit Raja as an Industrial Facility set in a lush green landscaped environment. It builds on a low plinth ratio, adopts a human scale approach to large scale Warehouse Operations and maintains a low carbon footprint in a green friendly sustainable environment. Even the main gate Green wall is a symbolic signature drawn from its European origins.
‘BDA lifted on High’ is an Architectural Concept grounded in Sustainability and Optimism. The idea is to lift a traditional brick form and allow it to float in mid-air. It is a twist and a contradiction. It is a twist as technology allows for the walls to be suspended unexpectedly. It is a contradiction to see a traditional heavy masonry element float on air.
Materially, the over burnt Brick is used as an expression of durability and timelessness. It is architecturally rough and yet refined. It is also a symbol of strong business foundation. Practically, it acts as a good robust and heat insulating material requiring minimum maintenance. Expressively, the iconic 300 metres Floating Brickwall serves as an air funnel for cross ventilation to maximise air flow through the facility.

Underlying it all, the fundamental of Good Sustainable Architecture is anchored by its Passive Green Design. The floating Wall Concept maximises the openings to the edge of potential rain penetration to negate heat build up as fresh air is permitted to flow. The campus reduces dependency on fossil fossil energy by generating solar power as part of its clean energy programme through the PV Cell Technology.
Rainwater Harvesting and Recycling conserves water consumption. On site surface water detention capacity acts as part of the area Flood Mitigation Programme. Waste is managed through a structural disposal programme.

The architectural design adapted a Second Skin heat insulation Concept for the external envelope of the building to lower the air conditioning load demand by reducing direct heat gain especially on the East West façades. The operable louvers on sun sensors allow the major glazing areas to be shaded all. It follows the sun direction throughout to keep a constant ambient temperature at the workspaces but allowing maximum visibility and light penetration.
The Passive Environmental Design Concept actively creates and encourages the use of comfortable external internal spaces functioning on minimum energy needs. This approach means that we need to only sustain air conditioning to 10% of the overall built up spaces. Creating a pleasant, healthy, and attractive well-lit work and recreational spaces will encourage increased utilisation of the spaces resulting in less need to travel out during breaks thereby reducing carbon emission. Sustainability is not just a technical concept but a commitment to enabling an environment where greenery is simply about living it.

Big Dutchman Argiculture recognizes that its existence is an integral part of a sustainable environmental ecology. The realisation of this architectural design reflects BDA’s innovation in growing their business on high on bedrock of Brick by Brick tradition to elevate the promise of its potential future.or.

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