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ENCORE MELAKA

Architecture Firm: ASIMA Architects Sdn Bhd

Website: http://asima.com.my/

Contact e-mail: mail@asima.com.my

Firm Location: Lot 18-ACD, Level 5, Menara Pandan B, Persiaran MPAJ, Jalan Pandan Utama, Pandan Indah, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia

Completion Year: June 2018

Gross Built Area: 28,300m2

Project location: No. 3 Jalan KSB – Impression 8 Impression City, Kota Syahbandar, 75200, Melaka

Photo credits: YTB Impression Sdn Bhd

Client: PTS Impression Sdn Bhd

Design/Concept Architect: Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd

C&S Consultant: TDC Engineering Consultants Sdn Bhd

M&E Consultant: EC Engineering Consultancy Sdn Bhd

Quantity Surveyor: JUBM Sdn Bhd

Landscape Architects: HODA Design Sdn Bhd

Interior Designer: Ideas Makeover Sdn Bhd & Ideas Workshop Sdn Bhd

Main Contractor: China Construction Yangtze River (M) Sdn Bhd


The 11th of the Impression China series and the first outside of China, Encore Melaka sits majestically along the Straits of Melaka. Boasting a 2,000 pax rotating audience seat and 4 mesmerizing stage, the theatre opened its doors in July 2018. It was the designer’s intention to have an iconic building located next to the Straits of Melaka, as this was an important historical trade route between East and West, and their influence is apparent in the many heritage left in Melaka today.

The external marine blue walls and the contrasting white façade represents one of the main items traded between China and the Malay Peninsular in the 15th century – Blue & White Porcelain. The white of the Porcelain is represented by the Aluminium Composite Panels, forming a pristine crisp white object by the coast. While the blue accent is evident throughout the building, from the back walls to the interiors. The Aluminium Composite Panels façade is cantilevered 3 meters from the building a creates a protective skin against heavy rain and strong wind from the straits.

With its eye-catching parabolic-curved LED panels, the unexpected colors form a pleasant break between the calming white panels.



Audiences enter the theatre through a fluid pyramid like structure and takes the escalator up to 1st Floor. There they will be greeted by a rich blue circular raked seating. One floor below the stage houses the box office, public amenities, administrative office and the mechanical rooms for the stage. The wide internal corridors are naturally ventilated maximizing the constant breeze from the Straits of Melaka. 2nd and 3rd floor are where the light, stereo and water effect control rooms are located. Unlike a conventional proscenium theatre, Encore Melaka’s audience seating is located in the middle of the theatre surrounded by 4 different performance stages (water, kampung scene, 3-tiered platform and a hydraulic platform). The electric powered 2,009 pax rotating audience seat rotates 360 degree in both directions, together with the state-of-the-art audio-visual effect, this creates a 75-minutes 360-degree rotating immersive experience for theatre goers.


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