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World-Class Museum to attract Business Crowds with Ambitious Minds

Business events planners should keep an eye on the upcoming 246-feet high architectural wonder in Kuching ready by 2020.

Dating back to 1891, the original Sarawak Museum has been touted as one of the best in Asia with superbly maintained artefacts and replica native longhouses. Now, innovation has been taken to the drawing board with the new Sarawak Museum campus; conceptualised as an iconic building with strong visual and aesthetic expressions while accommodating practicality for business and leisure purposes.

The Museum’s design dictates the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building, with the external façade designed for architectural dialogue, thus the perimeter arches crowning the colonnades on the exterior. The solid feature of the façade is designed with composite panel walls with a reinterpretation of Sarawakian weavings in reference to the Museum being a keeper and presenter of Sarawak’s heritage.

Soon to be the next freshest event space in East Malaysia, the upcoming five-storey development located in the heart of Kuching consists of 6,000 square metres of exhibition spaces on Levels 2 to 5 on the fringe of the central atrium as well as function rooms and auditorium spaces on Level 1. For large scale business events and teambuilding activities, the site area of approximately 40,000 square metres can be utilised.

Other than functional business spaces, the Museum boasts a three-storey annex building made of conservation and collection laboratories, vast research spaces, library and archives – perfectly suited for researchers and scientists, culture and civilization experts. Complementing the facilities is a basement level dedicated to storing valuables, with climate control for the preservation of artefacts.

Equally as impressive and contemporary is the Museum’s approach towards the environment – an attractive factor to incorporate green venues into the event.

The Sarawak Museum Campus is aiming to achieve a Green Building Index certified rating by using green building materials including wood products certified by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). Indoors, glass panels form the facade of the Museum’s centre to brighten up the circulation areas thus reducing the need for constant electricity.

The Museum is also designed with disabled-friendly features and architecture, from the essentials such as ramps and toilets for the disabled to the Museum’s tactile ground paving, tactile maps and interactive exhibits for the visually impaired. Delegates will also be able to enjoy a safe stroll on the pedestrian link bridge, complete with disabled-friendly ramps and shaded walkways.

The latest unique development is expected to attract a surge of business events from around the world, from meetings all the way to themed excursions for delegates.