Saturday, April 18, 2009

--The Wisma Negeri

Seremban is a city in Malaysia and the capital of its state. This particular state is the homeland of the Minangkabau culture and is also subject to the torrential rains of the Monsoon season. The high roofs of their structures, though now largely ornamental, originally evolved to keep interior spaces dry. The bottom image shows the first Minangkabau village, the middle image a modern home, and the top image the modern state capital in Seremban. The inspiration for the sweeping gables is the horn of bulls, but you'll easily see that the gutter-like dimensions of the valleys diverts the heavy downpours off and away from the structure. Environmental adaptation drawn from vernacular wisdom is the heart of New Regionalism.

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