Melaka Heritage City Commercial Complex – Porto Historia


Porto Historia is the new project at Kota Laksamana here preserves the heritage designs of old Malacca structures.


Porto Historia being constructed on a 1.9ha site fronting the Malacca River will witness the development of commercial hub consisting 55 units of three-storey shop houses.

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Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the RM92mil Heritage City known as ‘Porto Historia’ will be a benchmark for other developers in the state to emulate when planning out their development projects in the future.

Porto Historia being constructed on a 1.9ha site fronting the Malacca River will witness the development of commercial hub consisting 55 units of three-storey shophouses.

The project is scheduled to be fully completed by November 2013.

Mohd Ali said Porto Historia was a joint venture project betweenstate-owned entrepreneur agency Dunia Melayu Dunia Islam, FinanceHouse Berhad and First Avenue Partners (Asia) Sdn Bhd.

“Most of the unit were sold even before completion and this reflect a high demand for such properties in historic city, he told reporters after the ground-breaking ceremony here on Monday.

Mohd Ali noted the architectural design emphasise on Malacca’s heritage buildings to attract more tourists to the site.

He said Malaccas architects are a unique breed and has potential for new development to have the same design to preserve the historic value of the new structures adorning the city.

“We talk about preserving heritage building but it’s important to maintain the earlier designs like those found in Jonker Street in the heart of the city, he said.

Mohd Ali said similar views are heard throughout Malacca’s architectural community where they hopes state would make compulsory for future development to preserve the geometrical designs of the old buildings at their facades.

There is a preserving the pre-war building designs as we want thestructures to be distinct from others cities in the country, he said.

Mohd Ali said Malacca history is largely embedded in its architectural fabric and the design of heritage is an important element to be preserved in order to define the landmark within the urban area as well as boosting the tourism industry.