Penang Museum to Add Modern Structure

It would be inspired by Paris famous Louvre Museum’s modern architecture. The future expanded Penang Museum will become a true icon of architecture…

Penang state government plans to enlarge and modernise the Penang State Museum, the institution which tells to visitors the rich and colourful history of the island and of its State capîtal Georgetown. a building inspired by the Louvre pyramid’s metal and poles by 2020.

Some RM20 million (US$5 million) will be spend to give a futuristic look to the Museum by adding a structure which will be inspired by the transparent pyramid that has been the new symbol of the Louvre Museum in Paris for now 20 years. The added structure will be located on an empty portion of land within the Penang State Museum compound.

The empty area on the western side of the museum compound was bombed by the Allied Forces during the Japanese occupation in World War II.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the proposed two-storey building would have  will be made of metal, glass and poles to give it a see-through effect as part of a modernist design concept.

“We thought we should not be talking about restoring the old building, but rather peer into the future with a new one, one that is relevant to the local population. At the Louvre Palace in France, there is a glass pyramid built in the centre. We then will take this same spirit of old and new and we will restore the existing building by complementing it with a modern mix,” Lim said at the museum grounds to local Penang journalists.

The new building is expected to house art collections. At night, the exterior of the building will play a “slideshow” of art pieces, through state-of-the-art projection on the mechanical louvres.

The original Penang Free School building. has been in existence since 1817 and was converted to a museum in 1965 by the late prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman.

It has been closed since April 15 last year. The museum was temporarily moved to the Penang Art Gallery on Macalister Road last July.

The existing building’s interior will be renovated and modernised, but its unique structure, which dates back to the British era, will be maintained.

The partners in George Town Conservation and Development Corporation (GTDC) are Penang Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI), Think City Sdn Bhd and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. GTCDC is a special purpose vehicle to improve public infrastructure as per the George Town Special Area Plan.

It is currently involved in the improvement, regeneration, activation and upgrading of the Waterfront Precinct, the Clan Jetties, the Street of Harmony at Pitt Street, Fort Cornwallis and Syed Al-Attas Mansion.

(Source: FMT News)