Hasni Suryani Mat Hasan, Lilawati Ab Wahab, Dzulkarnaen Ismail
Heritage building is one of the urban identities for the city and should be well-preserved not only because of the value and story but it also because of existing building stock. Reusing existing building stock can contribute to combat the environmental load significantly by reducing the material, transport, energy consumption and pollution in the construction of new building. In recent years, adaptive reuse of heritage building is popping out so fast, compared to the previous years which heritage building mainly suffers from dilapidated and poor building conditions. Adaptive reuse is converting the original function of existing buildings which services and technology are outdated to a new building purpose for new need to meet the current development. However, in the eagerness of the owner and local authority when applying the adaptive reuse approach in heritage building, this approach has been recently criticised for jeopardizing the authenticity of the heritage building. Hence, the aims of this study are to highlight the authenticity issue in adaptive reuse of heritage building. It is believed that this study can help alert among stakeholders regarding the challenges to implement adaptive reuse in retaining the authenticity of the heritage building. To do so, a pilot study by interview has been conducted to the conservators in Malaysia to embrace all information pertaining issues in authenticity in adaptive reuse of heritage building faced in a practical scenario. It is hoped that the outcome of this study will help the organization or individuals interested in adaptive reuse for future references.
Authenticity, adaptive reuse, heritage building, issue, problems, Malaysia
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Hasni Suryani Mat Hasan, Lilawati Ab Wahab, Dzulkarnaen Ismail. (2019) Authenticity in Adaptive Reuse of Heritage Building in Malaysia. International Journal of Cultural Heritage, 4, 33-39