BWM Talk Series: The Traditional Malay House

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Organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia, with support from Iltizam by Ekuinas

Live Webinar Details

Date: Saturday, 26 November 2022
Time: 10.30 AM (Kuala Lumpur, GMT+8)
Topic: The Traditional Malay House
Speaker: Ar. Lim Take Bane
Moderator: Ar. Anand Krishnan
Venue: Virtual – Zoom Webinar
Free Admission

About The Talk

This talk shall be on the traditional Malay house as found in the various states of Peninsular Malaysia. It shall be an introduction to the vernacular architecture of this region which has been honed to near perfection in terms of climatic control, through centuries of living in harmony and sustainably with the local hot and humid tropical climate.

The traditional Malay house is the physical manifestation of the creative and aesthetic skills of Malay craftsmen and forms part of Malaysia’s built cultural heritage. The Malay house embodies the way of life and incorporates the various social and cultural requirements of the Malays. This architecture has regional variations, multifunctional spaces, design flexibility and a prefabrication system which can extend the house to suit the growing needs of the occupants.

The forces of change through modern development, urbanisation plus cultural and social values, have threatened the traditional Malay house form’s continued existence into the future. Many valuable lessons can be gleaned from this beautiful vernacular architecture to fulfil the present and future housing needs of ordinary Malaysians. It will certainly help in defining and developing a more Malaysian identity in architecture.

About the Speaker

Ar. Lim Take Bane appreciates fine heritage architecture. His keen interest in built heritage conservation stems from the time when he was studying architecture in Canterbury, Kent and when he trained and worked as a professional architect in the United Kingdom (1976 – 1984).

He hails from Kuala Lumpur and was schooled at St. John’s Institution, Kuala Lumpur. He is a Fellow of the Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) or Malaysian Institute of Architects, a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), a founding Council Member of the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID) and a Council Member of Badan Warisan Malaysia (BWM). He was a member of the Faculty of the Built Environment – Department of Architecture, University of Malaya.

About the Moderator

Anand was educated at the University of New South Wales, Sydney University and Harvard University. He has worked in various offices including Liu Thai Ker, Kerry Hill, Woods Bagot and M Moser and is the principal of Manufakture Design Sdn Bhd and Anand Krishnan Architect. Outside practice, he has written extensively on architecture and urban design and has been teaching senior design studios in local and overseas universities for over 10 years. Since 2019, he has been a Council Member of Badan Warisan Malaysia. In his spare time, he loves to sketch places he visits.

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