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Malaysian Architecture

Capital Kuala Lumpur

Language Bahasa Malaysia

Area 330,803 km2

Population 31,268,000

Malaysian architecture, exemplified in its largest city of Kuala Lumpur, is a complex mix of elements including Islamic design, colonial control, and Asian traditions. Due to its humid island climate, Malaysia's architecture often deals with mediating interior and exterior space. Focusing on articles and projects, including buildings by firms such as Cesar Pelli and Asylum, this page looks at how Malaysia architecture has defined itself in the developing world.
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Modular Meranti Pavilion Premiers at Orlando’s AIA Conference

09:30 - 13 May, 2017
Modular Meranti Pavilion Premiers at Orlando’s AIA Conference, Courtesy of Eleena Jamil Architect
Courtesy of Eleena Jamil Architect

The centerpiece of the Malaysian Timber Council’s exhibition at this year’s AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando, Florida was a completely dismantlable four-walled enclosure constructed entirely of Meranti timber. Designed by Eleena Jamil Architect, the wholly modular structure showcased the strength and adaptability of this sustainably sourced Southeast Asian hardwood.

An Eco-Village for Orphaned Kenyan Children - Competition Winners Announced

16:00 - 11 February, 2017
An Eco-Village for Orphaned Kenyan Children - Competition Winners Announced , Orphanage Home Courtyard. Image Courtesy of ClarkeHopkinsClarke
Orphanage Home Courtyard. Image Courtesy of ClarkeHopkinsClarke

The One Heart Foundation has announced the winners of the Children’s Eco-Village Design Competition. Attracting 45 submissions from 21 countries, the brief asked participants to propose an environmentally-friendly campus for orphaned and abandoned children, to be built in Soy, Kenya.

Winning Proposal to Define Jurong Lake District as Singapore’s Newest Business Hub

14:00 - 11 February, 2017
Winning Proposal to Define Jurong Lake District as Singapore’s Newest Business Hub, © KCAP, SAA, Arup, S333, Lekker
© KCAP, SAA, Arup, S333, Lekker

The Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has selected KCAP Architects&Planners as the primary consultant to develop Singapore’s Jurong Lake District, leading a varied design team that includes SAA Architects, Arup, S333, and Lekker.

Spotlight: César Pelli

11:30 - 12 October, 2016
Spotlight: César Pelli, Petronas Towers. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/einalem/1390833018'>Flickr user einalem</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Petronas Towers. Image © Flickr user einalem licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

A diversity of approaches and locales is the calling card of American based, Argentinian born architect César Pelli (born October 12, 1926). The common thread of Pelli’s work is a strong sensitivity to place and environment. Beginning his solo career with the Pacific Design Center (1975) in Los Angeles, and shifting through the World Financial Center (1988) (now Brookfield Place) in New York, to the Petronas Towers (1996) in Kuala LumpurMalaysia, and the now under-construction, Transbay Transit Center and Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, each project is a unique response to context.

The Soul of a Community: How a Young Architect Helped Resurrect a Village Longhouse in Borneo

10:00 - 6 June, 2016
The Soul of a Community: How a Young Architect Helped Resurrect a Village Longhouse in Borneo, Construction of the split roof beside closed roof by the chief carpenter. Image © Josh Wallace
Construction of the split roof beside closed roof by the chief carpenter. Image © Josh Wallace

A version of this essay, originally titled "Rumah in the woods: Resurrection of the Nanga Sumpa Longhouse," reached the top 8 in this year's Berkeley Prize. It was shared with ArchDaily by the authors.

Aedas Designs Private Island Residences and Retreat for Malaysia

06:00 - 16 May, 2016
Aedas Designs Private Island Residences and Retreat for Malaysia, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas has unveiled their design for the new Tebrau Waterfront Residences, located in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The new two million square-meter waterfront community will combine villas and high-rise residential towers with a variety of commercial programs and a hotel.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Victims Honored with "Memorial in the Sky"

01:00 - 2 February, 2015
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Victims Honored with "Memorial in the Sky", First Place: William Smith, Hiroshi Kaneko (US, Team 749421). Image Courtesy of matterbetter
First Place: William Smith, Hiroshi Kaneko (US, Team 749421). Image Courtesy of matterbetter

The winners of matterbetter’s international Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) Memorial and Park ideas competition have been announced. Attracting 293 submissions worldwide, the competition hoped to inspire a new memorial park and public space, free from the political overtone, at the Marine Establissement site in the center of Amsterdam that could be used as a place for remembrance, ceremonies, recreation, and private gatherings in honor of MH17’s victims. 

Sufficiency – Inside the Malaysia Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 26 July, 2014
Sufficiency – Inside the Malaysia Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, Sufficiency. The Malaysia Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh
Sufficiency. The Malaysia Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh

The Malaysia Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale focuses on the idea of sufficiency, and its role in creating sustainable and modest architecture.

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