The Devil in the Details: Analysing the Ethno-Cultural Blending in Malaysian Museum Buildings

Authors

  • Nor Hafizah Anuar Architecture Department, Faculty of Architecture & Ekistics, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Malaysia
  • Muhammad Ilmam Tharazi Independent Researcher, Malaysia
  • Yasmin Mohd Faudzi Architecture Department, Faculty of Architecture & Ekistics, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Malaysia
  • Najah Md. Alwi Architecture Department, Faculty of Architecture & Ekistics, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14456/jucr.2022.23

Keywords:

Asian Architecture; Ethno-cultural Blending; Museum Design; Malaysian Buildings; Malaysian Architecture; Malaysia

Abstract

Museums are often used as a ‘visualizing technology’ to project the cultural identities of a nation or a particular demographic. The choice of building, either newly constructed or converted from an historic structure, places the importance of its architectural features to convey certain meanings over others. Using comparative analysis on multiple case studies as the main method for data collection, this paper identifies the architectural features on three selected building facade of Penang museums in relation to one another. It will then determine the cultural influences to explore the mechanism of ethno-cultural blending integrated into the architectural styles. Penang was chosen due to its heterogeneous population, allowing for symbiotic blending of diverse cultures, ethnicities and religions. Hence, highlighting the significant role that architecture plays in shaping not only the design of a museum but also in projecting the national identities through the political and historiographical complexities of cultural blending.

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Published

2022-12-20 — Updated on 2023-01-13

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How to Cite

Anuar, Nor Hafizah, Muhammad Ilmam Tharazi, Yasmin Mohd Faudzi, and Najah Md. Alwi. (2022) 2023. “The Devil in the Details: Analysing the Ethno-Cultural Blending in Malaysian Museum Buildings”. Journal of Urban Culture Research 25 (January):101-13. https://doi.org/10.14456/jucr.2022.23.