Adoption of Culture in Bugis houses in Johor, Malaysia

  • Wan Hashimah Wan Ismail Department of Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia


As elaborated by scholars the built environment is influenced by culture, belief and past experiences. The paper intends to elaborate on the adoption of culture in the design of the Bugis traditional houses in Johor, Malaysia. The methodology involved two main instruments namely literature review and field observation.  The studies suggest that even though the houses were built away from their homeland in Sulawesi, Indonesia the culture of the Bugis descendants remains intact. This was revealed in their behaviour and the forms of the plans and elevations of their traditional houses.

Keywords: Culture; traditional houses; Bugis

eISSN 2514-7528 © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

How to Cite
WAN ISMAIL, Wan Hashimah. Adoption of Culture in Bugis houses in Johor, Malaysia. Journal of ASIAN Behavioural Studies, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 6, p. 1-9, jan. 2018. ISSN 2514-7528. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 feb. 2019. doi:

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