MALAY CONTAINER HOUSES, MALAYSIA 2015
Malay houses (Malay: Rumah Melayu) are traditional dwellings, before the arrival of foreign or modern influences, constructed by the indigenous ethnic Malay of the Malay Peninsulas Sumatra and Borneo.
Traditional architectural forms, such as tropically-suited roofs and harmonious proportions with decorative elements are considered by traditionalists to still have relevance. However traditional buildings require significant maintenance compared to modern construction such as to preserve wooden materials from the decaying effect of tropical weather as well as termite problems.
The essential elements of traditional timber houses such as shading and ventilation are included in contemporary architecture. Although Malay houses have a diversity of styles according to each state, province and sub-ethnic, there are common styles and similarities shared among them: built on stilts, stairs, partitioned rooms, vernacular roofs, and decorations.
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