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Continuation and transformation of traditional elements in colonial vernacular houses in Kampong Bharu, Malaysia

Ju, Seo Ryeung and Kim, Bo Mi and Ariffin, Syed Iskandar (2015) Continuation and transformation of traditional elements in colonial vernacular houses in Kampong Bharu, Malaysia. Journal Of Asian Architecture And Building Engineering, 14 (2). pp. 339-346. ISSN 1346-7581

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3130/jaabe.14.339


Through colonization and modernization, the British introduced multi-racial immigrants into Malaysia, resulting in a plural society of people with unique social and cultural backgrounds. Kampong Bharu, located in central Kuala Lumpur, came into existence in 1899 as an enclave reserved for Malays only and their various sub-ethnic groups. Over time, urban growth resulted in the settlement losing its agricultural significance, and at present it is a uniquely preserved Malay community. Many vernacular Malay houses that were built in the 1900s still exist in Kampong Bharu. According to previous research by the author (Ju et al., 2012), there were four major types of vernacular houses that existed in Kampong Bharu: traditional vernacular houses type I - Bumbung Panjang, traditional vernacular houses type II - Bumbung Perak, colonial vernacular houses and modern vernacular houses. The purpose of this paper is to investigate and identify colonial vernacular houses among the four types which originated from the early period of colonization and later evolved into an eclectic style due to the social, ethnic and cultural changes occurring in colonial Malaysia. To achieve this, the paper conducts case studies on five colonial vernacular houses in Kampong Bharu.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:colonial house, colonial vernacular house, Kampong Bharu, Malaysia, vernacular house
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA9000-9284 City planning
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:58154
Deposited By: Haliza Zainal
Deposited On:04 Dec 2016 04:07
Last Modified:04 Aug 2021 07:09

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