Malaysia architecture boasts of skyscrapers, colonial buildings and traditional houses as well. Read more about Malaysian architecture.


Malaysia has observed a fast growth after independence and regarding its architecture, Petronas Towers is the best example which has been declared amongst the tallest buildings of the world. Like any other country, Malaysian architecture emerged out of requirement and in the earlier times, factors such as Mother Nature, topography, climate, economy, lifestyle, material availability and religion preferences influenced the structural design in Malaysia.

The conventional edifices like lodgings, castles of the Malay Sultans, mosques and halls (built in wooden materials) create the inimitable architectural picture here. The style & design of these buildings did justice to both, the purposes of people and the various other constructional aspects. However, such buildings used to be build by means of restricted variety of tools. It closely formed the distinctive Malaysian architecture, visible in different parts of the country.

Formerly, when Malaysia was very prone to natural disasters, economy was also not very good and even food Putrajaya, Malaysia Architecturegeneration was a concern, the houses or other structures were erected with the available materials, keeping all the factors in mind. Nobody could have ever imagined that architecture of Malaysia that started with simplicity and least resources would become so famous in the world. With changing times, Malaysian architecture evolved to suit the lifestyle of people.

In fact, invention of new tools gave rise to the construction of more stable, bigger and much better dwellings. Like this, innumerable new styles and shape of the architecture took birth, which is discernible in various regions. The colonial impact is evident in the country's architecture. Buildings, featuring the British architecture, are commonly found in Penang. Influence of India, China and Islam is apparent in the architecture of religious buildings in Malaysia.

On the whole, architecture of Malaysia is not just about lofty buildings but also about traditional Malay houses, pre-war houses and colonial buildings.

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