..off Replica in ARCHITECTURE and Roman Column....
We had a meeting today at Pullman Hotel Putrajaya..the hotel is not fully complete yet, but there are few wings and portion that has been operated. The meeting was a success and so does the makan-makan session :-P..nothing to complaint when you got to dine by the lake, with a vista like that accompanied with good food and interesting people...
The design of this hotel is a masterpiece of Raja Bahrin..who is well-known for his Terengganu style architecture, heavy with carving on stone panel as well as timber works..but I personally think that it would a massive job for maintenance..
But for the sake of learning the art and architecture, one could grab a lot of experience here because they have not only Malay architecture but also Chinese and Indian, one wing of this hotel looks similar to Rajastan palace..
Timber panel with dark colour creating a warm ambience with water feature at the back gives a cooling effect
oohhh..I look so serius in this photo..waiting for my braised lamb shank which was so tender and juicy and you don't need a knive to cut it thru..the portion was not too small nor too big..there are a lot of timber works on this place as well...
View toward viewing tower and lake
Tiling work at the corridor
Another tiling work
Combination of matt and glossy finish tiles, various size (4 types of ceramic tiles here)and colours
Decorative panel at the corridor..the works of artisan- so well designed and well carved but too many things to maintain
The roof of deck area
Washroom : Wall tiles with interesting horizontal pattern
Two similar concept with a little bit of differences on the elements of timber works and colour
I think that this is a nice place to visit, to enjoy the view, to appreciate the architecture of multi culture and to have a different taste of dining experience, but architecturally it was not that original..I mean, there are too many things or element that has been copied and paste from other culture or country and they ended up like a replica in Putrajaya, some part of the buildings looks too heavy with elaborate detailing that will give a headache during maintenance work. As we all know maintenance is not a field that we really have a passion and expertise in Malaysia, people tend to take for granted this aspect.
It is true that they want to create or reflect a different or fusion architecture, but sometimes it is best to do it in a subtle way..rather than seeing a replica..we had enough of Pharaoh's heritage in this country (Sunway Pyramid) and other building that signify 'other' element that we sometimes don't really understand the 'true meaning' behind it.
Some building ..or most of them has been designed with certain objective and purposed according to their local culture and context or derived from a certain 'belief' that only that particular society could understand.
And that is why I hate roman column..!!! dulu2 orang kampung pantang tengok roman column ni...buat rumah mesti nak kena ada column ni..cantik pada depa, tapi we copy bulat2 without knowing the meaning or we never think whether that element could suit our house, or our lifestyle or not.
Parthenon - 'Temple of all the Gods'
Roman column was meant for a temple, it looks proportionately appropriate for Parthenon but not for a bungalow house in khatulistiwa :-) which as we know a house is a place for people to live in, a place to nurture, a warm and cosy and intimate...
So next time when you have enough money..or too much to spend, never ever eye this Roman column and think that they will make your main entrance looks more grand and majestic..do you know the meaning of those column..? the meaning of that triangle thing (pediment)...? do you know that they are not just an architecture of the Romans..do you know that they represents more than just ARCHITECTURE..!!!
They are representing a society that is controlling our life now...go figure..it is a high time we need to open our mind and eyes and observed things around us..they are they way they are right now and before on PURPOSED..A PURPOSED with big AGENDA...