Being born in the capital of Malaysia, all the way in South East Asia, I am always fascinated by cities in this continent where building infrastructure are constantly developing, and at a rapid pace. During my trip back to my home country a few months ago, I had the privilege to travel to Hong Kong and Macau with a quick visit to Borneo Island. There were two main highlights during this trip that I am delighted to share with you.
Hong Kong is a vertical city, where development constantly grows upwards. The city’s architecture is a mix of building where most tower buildings are mixed used of commercial and residential. Exploring the city is definitely an adventure by itself, as every corner is a hidden gem ready to be discovered. I was fascinated by the architecture design and spatial typology. Most of these large scale building are mixed use, for example, a transportation hub with a shopping complex, or a residential tower block with a business centre. These typology of mix use development makes Hong Kong an interesting place to explore. Other than architecture, the interior designs throughout Hong Kong are also very special in its design. Interior designers all around the world have injected their personal stamp in the city now.
Malaysia is my home country, and it is part of the Malay peninsula and Island of Borneo. Malaysia is a multicultural country where the population consists of a combination of three main races: Malay, Chinese and Indian. The diversity of the country forms the character and heritage of many infrastructure. With these three main cultures, religion becomes very important for communities, its people and architecture. You can find many beautiful religious buildings with highly decorated and intricate details, with unique spatial typology to its spatial uses.
Malaysia is also a constantly growing and developing new infrastructure. The most iconic building in Malaysia are the Petronas Twin Towers, or Kuala Lumpur Twin Towers. These twin towers were the world’s tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004 and currently remains the tallest twin towers in the world. The building was designed by architect Cesar Pelli, and it has been an icon of Malaysia ever since.
To end this post, I would like to share my favourite food of all time, originated from my home country Malaysia, The Nasi Lemak.