Occupied, till recently, by some 200 of his descendants, the walled city-centre stronghold of the last Malay king to rule Singapore now serves as a showcase for Malay culture and heritage. The heart of the complex is a renovated two-storey classical-style building containing a museum, while another existing structure has been converted into a 'heritage restaurant' and a venue for weddings. A new infill development provides spaces for crafts workshops, dance performances and other cultural events. The architectural language of the new block, with its pitched roofs, generous eaves and verandah, is a response to both the tropical climate and vernacular traditions.
Malay Heritage Centre Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.