Makan Place / Pneu Architects

Makan place / pneu architects
© Jack Novel

Makan Place is an interpretation Old Malacca during British colonialisation. With mainly Chinese-Malay inhabitants in Malacca that formed the norm of traditional dwelling, the Colonial government added a touch of European style that intertwined with the implemented cultural depiction of the city’s vernacular architecture.

Makan place / pneu architects
© Jack Novel

The formulation of traditional space in Old Malacca consists of a ‘five-foot-way’, transitional entrance and an internal courtyard, with a hint of European essence. These features from differing cultures create a blend of sophistication to the standard residency.

Makan place / pneu architects
© Jack Novel

Makan Place emphasises on the ‘five-foot-way’, which was a unique feature of Malaya’s shop houses that was stipulated by Sir Stamford Raffles, the governor of Old Malacca, to have walkways that protect pedestrians from the hot tropical sun and rain. The restaurant’s entrance adopts this distinct characteristic as to shape suspense and patience upon entering.

Makan place / pneu architects
© Jack Novel

The modern Malaysian vestibule provides an introduction to the warm ambience through the extensive use of timber in various shades, as well as tilt-up and louvered windows that frame the interior and exterior views as a form of dialectic style between customers and the space.

Makan place / pneu architects
© Jack Novel

Amongst the walls is an intricate motif that is repeated throughout the restaurant, to portray the aspiration of European influence. The tactility of timber columns with its natural aged wood grain pattern enhances the traditional atmosphere of Malacca that is embedded in its history and culture. The central courtyard is resembled through the transition of different flooring material, with increased ceiling height to further accentuate the colonialist ambience.

Project Details:
Location: Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia
Area: 300 sqm.
Architects: Pneu Architects
Team: Nelson Lee, Thomas Khoo, Arfann Ali, Ky Chew, Joe Ng
Photographs: Jack Novel

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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