An Analysis of Defects on Floating Mosque in Perak
The existence of floating mosques is growing since it is becoming a tourist destination hence led to the improvement of the method its construction in Malaysia. The structure of the floating mosque is the most important aspect to be focused on. However, throughout the building’s lifespan in serving users or tourists with its good architecture, there are some problems or issues arisen that are related to the structure of floating mosque. Hence, this paper aims to study the common defects that occurs towards floating mosque that affect its performance towards the end users. Thus, this study consist of two objectives, which are to identify the common defects of the floating mosque and to find the factors that influence the occurrence of the defects via qualitative method. To achieve aim of the study, semi-structured interview has been conducted among the committee of mosque’s management and an observation has been carried out at selected floating mosques. The collected data were analysed through content analysis technique. This study reveals that the common defects that occur on floating mosque are defects on the piping system, the staining of the painting, the cracks on the wall structure, the corrosion on the pile jointing and the leakage of the roof and dome. The factors that lead to the defects are climate, selection of the material and installation method. The understanding towards the defect is important to make sure that the floating mosque is serving their function as well as its objectives. The finding of this research may help consultants and contractors to get a better understanding about the construction especially during the design stages to get a good structural result of the floating mosque or floating structure. It is hope this paper/study will benefit all contractors and other related parties involved.
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