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Title
New perspectives to save cultural heritage
Author
Altan, M. Orhan

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REHABILITATION OF THE TUNKU CANSELOR HALL, UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA.
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA.
Zuraini M. A. 1
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Department of Building Surveying, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1
zuraini_mdali@ um.edu.my
KEY WORDS: Conservation; Documentation; Rehabilitation works, University of Malaya
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ABSTRACT: 1
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Built in 1965, Dewan Tunku Canselor (DTC) is a landmark for University Malaya. It is here that the convocation ceremonies for
graduation have been held annually since August 1966 and to the hosting of numerous functions of the university including semester j
examinations, special studio class, theatres performances, seminars and conferences. DTC was designed with a strong influence of
Brutalism Architecture and Modernism Movement. The two and half storey building was constructed mainly with off-form concrete (
structure using egg-crate reinforced concrete ceiling and ''beton brut’ images. On June 29 th , 2001, a pre-dawn fire gutted the 5
building and almost ninety percent of the building was destroyed. The Faculty of Built Environment, University Malaya participated ç
in the effort of reconstructing the building to its original condition. This project reveals the background and significance of this f
building; the conservation approach and main stages of involvement in reinstating the building including preparation of appraisal
report; preparing a condition survey of the building after the fire; identifying existing defects on site as well as documentation work
of the entire building before and after the reconstruction works. As a whole, this effort is to ensure that Dewan Tunku Canselor was
restored to its original state before the fire according to the concept of conservation work while at the same time upgrading the
building services and facilities.
1. INTRODUCTION
1.1 University of Malaya Background
UNIVERSITI MALAYA, the first University of the country, is
situated on a 750-acre (309-hectare) campus in the southwest of
Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. The University of
Malaya grew out of a tradition of service to the society. Its
predecessors, the King Edward VII College of Medicine
established in 1905 and Raffles College in 1929 has been
established to meet urgent demands, one in medicine and the
other in education. When the two came together to form the
University of Malaya in October 1949, this was so that they
might perform an even greater service - to help lay the
foundations of a new nation by producing a generation of
skilled and educated men. Hence the University of Malaya was
established on 8 October 1949 as a national institution to serve
the higher education needs of the Federation of Malaya and
Singapore.
The growth of the University was very rapid during the first
decade of its establishment and this resulted in the setting up of
two autonomous Divisions in 1959, one located in Singapore
and the other in Kuala Lumpur. In 1960, the government of the
two territories indicated their desire to change the status of the
Divisions into that of a national university. Legislation was
passed in 1961 founding the University of Malaya on 1st
January 1962.
The University motto, "Ilmu Punca Kemajuan" (Knowledge is
the Key to Success) reflects the philosophy of the University in
its constant endeavour to seek knowledge in all fields to
produce successful graduates and a successful nation.
1.2 Dewan Tunku Canselor Historical & Architectural
Significant
Being the first and the primer university in Malaysia, Tunku
Canselor Hall (DTC) at University of Malaya is considered as
an important landmark in the historical development of
education in Malaysia. It was built in 1965-66. The Malaysia’s
first Prime Minister, A1 Marhum Tunku Abdul Rahman Al-Haj
officiated the opening on 25th June 1966. DTC was designed
and constructed by Dato’ Kington Loo of BEP Architect. It
was designed with a strong influence of Brutalism Architecture
and Modernism Movement. The building was constructed
mainly with bare concrete structure using egg-crate reinforced
concrete and ‘beton brut ‘ images.
Figure 1 : The Front View of Tunku Canselor Hall.
DTC is a two and a half (2 '/2) storey building consisting of a
great hall and a foyer area, connected to an Experimental
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