Occupied, till recently, by some 200 of his descendants, the walled city-centre stronghold of the last Malay king to rule Singapore now serves as a showcase for Malay culture and heritage. The heart of the complex is a renovated two-storey classical-style building containing a museum, while another existing structure has been converted into a 'heritage restaurant' and a venue for weddings. A new infill development provides spaces for crafts workshops, dance performances and other cultural events. The architectural language of the new block, with its pitched roofs, generous eaves and verandah, is a response to both the tropical climate and vernacular traditions.
Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Ground floor area: 2,500 m²; combined floor area: 3,020 m²; total site area: 8,524 m²