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"Traditional Malay Home" Architecture Tip by apbeaches

Architecture, Kuala Lumpur: 28 reviews and 41 photos

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  • - Kuala Lumpur
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Malay houses are traditional dwellings, originating before the arrival of foreign or modern influences, and constructed by the indigenous ethnic Malay of the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.
Malay homes have tropically-suited roofs and harmonious proportions with decorative elements are considered by traditionalists to still have relevance. They warrant a lot of maintenance to preserve wooden materials from the decaying effect of tropical weather as well as termite problems. They are made of renewable natural timber and bamboo, built without metal nails. They have pre-cut holes and grooves are used to fit the timber elements into one another, effectively making it a 'prefabricated house'.

Traditional timber houses incorporated design principals relevant in contemporary architecture such as shading and ventilation, qualities present in the basic house features. Although Malay houses have diversity of styles according to each states, provinces, and sub-ethnics, there are common style and similarities shared among them: built on stilts, have stairs, partitioned rooms, a vernacular roof and they are adorned with decoration

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  • Updated Jul 13, 2015
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