Modernization of the Vernacular Malay House In Kampong Bharu, Kuala Lumpur

Seo Ryeung Ju, Saari Omar, Young Eun Ko
2012 Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering  
Kampong Baharu (KB), literally meaning "New Village", is located in central Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It came into existence in 1899 as a reserved area only for ethnic Malays. Over time, urban growth resulted in the settlement losing its agricultural value and now it is a unique preserved housing area for Malays. Many vernacular Malay houses that were built in the 1900s still exist in KB. These houses were not original vernacular houses and were transformed and modernized into unique typologies
more » ... unique typologies that lie between the traditional and modern typologies. This study defines these houses as 'modern' vernacular Malay houses and attempts to explore the typologies of such houses built during the 1900s in KB. More than 100 vernacular Malay houses in KB were investigated and analyzed with respect to three major elements of order of the traditional Malay house elevation: roof, wall and pillar. As a result of this study, several representative 'modern' vernacular typologies were proposed. It is important to document these typologies because they demonstrate how traditional vernacular Malay houses were transformed into modern houses through the modernization process.
doi:10.3130/jaabe.11.95 fatcat:ribogjhmxrbxlm56oraz74d2te