Architecture & Interior Design
From local architecture to designs inspired by lands afar, the result is a fusion of style unlike any other.
Inspired by the Alhambra palace in Granada, several buildings successfully blend the Moorish influences with local Johor-Malay elements. Buildings in the Central Precinct carry this distinctive style. A perfect example is the Bangunan Sultan Ismail, home to the Johor parliament, and Bangunan Dato' Jaafar Muhammad.
Influenced by the Bugis, Javanese, Dutch, British and indigenous groups, local Johor-Malay architecture is handled with contemporary finesse, resulting in fresh takes on traditional local houses, such as the rumah bumbung panjang and rumah bumbung Limas. Witness this unique fusion in the Northern and Southern Precincts, such as in the State Department Complexes. The dark, pitched roofs and angled brackets of this edgy look are hard to miss.
Look closely and you’ll see that many design elements draw inspiration from icons that represent the economic wealth of Johor. Some interiors feature Moorish patterns interwoven with motifs of the native pineapple, whilst everyday objects like a park bench incorporates a pattern of local spices, such as the lada hitam or black pepper. Even an unassuming streetlight takes the form of a dancer performing the traditional Johorean zapin or kuda kepang.