This centre is housed within a former British colonial brickwork structure with a four storey contemporary glazed extension. Structural and material integrity were central to the design concept, so the new intervention is distinct from the old. Rather than expressing a singular Malaysian identity, the design is deliberately neutral to allow the performances within to reflect the pluralistic society. All materials were locally sourced and local tradesmen were employed. The centre contains two theatres, a film studio, rehearsal and training spaces, cafes and all administrative support and comprises the only independent democratic performing and learning environment in the country.