Identifications of Architectural Style
According to Heritage of Malaysia Trust (1990), the architectural style of Malaysia has been classified according to the building styles. It consists of influences by the European, Chinese, Malay and Indian sources that were a mixture of various styles modified to the Malaysian environment. These included :-
- Indian Kingdoms (7th – 14th Centuries)
- Malay Vernacular (pre-15th Century to present)
- Straits Eclectic (15th Century to mid-20th Century)
- Chinese Baroque (19th Century to early 20th Century)
- Chitya Indian Vernacular (15th Century to Mid 20th Century)
- Colonial (17th Century to mid-20th Century)
- Modern (1950s – 1980s)
Istana Budaya Kuala Lumpur is a national theatre located in Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur. This theatre is formerly known as Panggung Negara and was officially opened by former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. The turquoise folds on the roof and the intricate design of the foyer are just two of the features that will take your breath away.
Istana Budaya is the first theatre in Asia to be equipped with state-of-the-art stage equipment. This makes it as one of the ten most sophisticated theatres in the world, and on par with the Royal Albert Hall in London. Istana Budaya Kuala Lumpur was built at a cost of RM210 million and is used for local as well as foreign art and cultural performances.
The Cultural Performances
You can enjoy performances from the National Symphony Orchestra featuring Malaysia’s talented young musicians as well as other local cultural and musical performances, and internationally acclaimed musicals, concerts and ballet performances.
The cultural palace building represents the country and its culture in many ways. Designed by the talented Malaysian architect Muhammad Kamar Ya’akub, the overall architecture was inspired by the traditional Malay house.
The main building takes the form of the sirih junjung which is a traditional arrangement of betel leaves used during Malay weddings and welcoming ceremonies,while the Malaysian wau or kite is used as a design motif for the theatre’s interior especially its floor.
Istana Budaya truly reflects a blend of the best aspects of the Malay culture which can be summarized as follows:
- Wau Bulan – this traditional Malay kite is used as the main motive of the theatre’s floor.
- Sirih Junjung – a multi-tier floral arrangement of “sirih” or betel leaves used as a symbolic piece for Malay weddings, festivities and welcoming ceremonies is reflected in the entire roof of the theatre.
- Rumah Melayu – a typical Malay house pattern is the general layout of the building. It has three major sections:
- the serambi (lobby and foyer)
- rumah ibu (mother house) as the auditorium, and
- the rumah dapur (kitchen) as the stage and rehearsal hall
- Tangga – staircases (“tangga”) that lead to the grand entrance depict the staircase of a traditional Melaka house.
- Tingkap – the Royal Boxes follow the patterns of a Malay house’s windows (“tingkap”), all large and spacious.
- Balairong Seri – the auditorium is evidently designed similar to this royal palace hall of the olden days.
- Rebana Ubi – the theatre lobby on the third floor takes the shape of this traditional Malay drum
In addition, Banyan Leaf, which signifies the beginning of Wayang Kulit or shadow playalso decorates the theatre lobbies, and its walls are elegantly adorned by the exquisite artwork by Malaysia’s National Arts Laureate, Dato Syed Ahmad Jamal.
The interior of Istana Budaya Kuala Lumpur makes extensive use of Langkawi marble, while high-quality tropical wood is used for the doors, which feature hand-carved flower and leaf motifs. The lush carpets in the foyer and lobby feature motifs based on the cempaka flower and the beringin tree (reminiscent of a traditional Mak Yong performance).
Inside the cultural palace, there is also a costume gallery featuring clothes from Malay traditional theatre. You can see the performance costumes from Bangsawan, Mak Yong, Ajat Bebunuh, Layang Emas and Bambarayon performances.
How to get to Istana Budaya
Istana Budaya is located at Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur. It can be reached by public and private means of transportation. If you drive, take Jalan Ipoh or Jalan Pahang before turning into Jalan Tun Razak. Upon reaching the building, turn into Jalan Kuantan that leads to the car park.
If you are coming from the east of the city, make your way to Jalan Tun Razak and proceed until the Jalan Pahang roundabout where you make a full turn back to get to the other side. Parking is free.
Taxis and buses also ply the area. Get off at the bus stop in front of the Tawakal Medical Centre along Jalan Pahang. From there, cross the road (use the overhead pedestrian bridge) and proceed to Persiaran Titiwangsa 3. This should take about 15 minutes on foot. Buses plying the route is Intrakota No. 10, 49 and 49A.
Istana Budaya is also accessible by way of LRT. Take the routes to Kampung Baru (if you use Putra) and the Titiwangsa (for STAR) stations. It should be a relatively short taxi ride away from the stations.
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Highlight 1: Traditional House
Highlight 2: Mini-putt and Petronas Twin Towers
Highlight 3: Central Stage
Highlight 4: Lucky Draws
Highlight 5: Artworks and Foods
Theme: One Malaysia, City Harmonious Living
Highlights: Traditional Malaysian Hut
National Pavilion Day: September 12
Pavilion Area: Around 3,000 Square Meters
Location: Within Zone B of the Expo Site
The Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside hotel is an elegant and uniquely designed hotel using Malaysian design and architecture. It is a hotel with class, efficiency and a heaven for pleasure with one of the largest signature spa facilities in Malaysia.
The Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside hotel is located at Putrajaya, Malaysia’s federal administrative capital. It is built on the shores of Putrajaya lake.
The Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside hotel has 283 rooms, suites and apartments for guests.
There are 3 types of guest accommodations:
- Deluxe room
- Executive room
- Service apartment
Facilities provided are:
- LCD TV
- Interactive TV entertainment system
- High speed internet access
- Mini bar
- 24 hours in-room dining
- Shower or bathtub
- Coffee and tea making facilities
- 15 inch computer size safety box
These are the hotel facilities available:
- Swimming pool and kid’s pool with sundeck
- State-of-the-art fitness center
- Large spa with treatment rooms and spa concept rooms
- Beauty salon and wedding studio
- Airlines crew lounge
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- Kid’s club
- Baby-sitting services
- Games room
- Shuttle service and city centre drop-off
- Bus/Coach parking area
- Basement parking bays for up to 400 cars
- 24-hour surveillance system (CCTV)
- Water sports activities
- Limousine services
- Concierge services and valet parking
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There are 5 food and beverage outlets here:
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- China Bar & Lounge
- Bar On Third
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The Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside is an oasis for business travelers from around the world. It exceeds expectations with seamless technology and highly sophisticated business and ballroom facilities. It’s 9-meter high ceiling ballroom can accommodate up to 700 guests. There are 21 fully equipped meeting rooms and board rooms plus a 250-seater lakefront, open air amphitheater.
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by GDP Architects Sdn Bhd
malacca gallery of architecture
this is the palace of malacca sultanate, well I’m not quite sure if it’s only replica or an original building. nevertheless, this building has since then converted into malacca cultural museum.
the facade relief model of a palace in terengganu.
facade relief model of the selangor palace.
a replica inside a replica! the model of malacca sultanate palace.
model of a traditional malay house in malaysia.
the various styles of malay house.
model of malacca stadhuys building.
if italy has its pisa leaning tower, well this is malaysia’s teluk intan leaning tower. not as famous though, maybe someone needs to take away several degrees of the leaning angle to make it popular. sometimes just makes you wonder why most people celebrate someone else’s engineering mistake.
now, model of kuching’s river fort.
a malaysian neocolonial house. I’m pretty sure the building is a landmark somewhere, but I just can’t remember the name for this one.
malacca townhouse interior model. I have to admit this model struck me the most with those innate detailings. you may argue it’s done and cut by the machine, but still, you need a great deal of detailing from drawings to produce that. whatever method you use; shit in, shit out principle still applies nevertheless.
the model of kuala lumpur train station. this old building has no longer plays the role of kl’s transportation hub since kl sentral (by kisho kurokawa) was completed. the building is now gazetted under national heritage but it would be best if the government would make this a tourist spot since it has a distinct architectural value.
this is how st paul’s church on top of the hill really looks like before it was destroyed during the world war.
model of malacca’s mosque.
don’t miss these two museums; malacca cultural museum and malacca architectural museum.
1st GTHC 2011 : http://greenworkbase.blogspot.com/2012/03/green-building-rating-system-to.html