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The Malay House: Rediscovering Malaysia's Indigenous Shelter System
Lim Jee Yuan
Institut Masyarakat
ISBN: 967-9966-05-4 (Hb.) 967-9966-04-6 (Pb.) 152 pages 21x28 cm

Others: Hardcover: US$38.00, paperback: US$28.00
Third World: Hardcover:US$28.00; paperback: US$21.00

The traditional Malay house is one of the richest components of Malaysia's cultural heritage. Designed and built by the villagers themselves, it manifests the creative and aesthetic skills of the Malays. It is a near-perfect houseform which is appropriate to local climatic conditions and expresses the way of life of its inhabitants. The house is extremely well designed to suit the warm and humid Malaysian climate and for the optimal and multifunctional use of space. Its design is also flexible as it caters to the widely different needs of the users and it has an addition system which allows the house to be extended to meet the growing needs of each family.

Extensively illustrated by full-colour photographs and three dimensional drawings, this book documents the architecture of the traditional Malay house, giving details of the various house types, the construction system, the climatic design and the adaptations to the social and cultural requirements of the Malays.

This book is essential for those interested in Malaysian culture, indigenous architecture and the future of housing for people in the Third World.

CONTENTS

Preface
Introduction
The Malaysian Background
The Houseform
Design and Layout
Beautiful Malay Houses
Adapting to the Climate
In Harmony with the People's Way of Life
The Compound and The Kampong
Building the Malay House
Extending the House: The Addition System
Changes, Threats and Constraints
Future of the Malay House
Glossary
Bibliography

 


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