Melawati is located in Precinct 1, on the north-western slope of
the hill within Persiaran Persekutuan.
This is to be the royal retreat for His Majesty The Yang Di
Pertuan Agong and his family, the venue for meetings with other
Rulers and Yang Di Pertua Negeri as well as the venue for certain
official and private functions hosted bythe Yang Di Pertuan Agong.
The Istana shall be oriented south-west towards the general
direction of the Putra Bridge - Lake area. The elevated position
on the hill gives it a strong presence befitting the status of a
Palace, cascading down the slope gently from the higher southern
level to the lower north-western corner of the hill.
The main façade of the Istana shall address the scenic views of
the Putrajaya Lake, Jambatan Seri Perdana, Seri Perdana Putrajaya,
Perdana Putra Building, Masjid Putra and the Mercu Tanda in Taman
From the old timber mosques of Kelantan, Melaka and Terengganu to
the classical court buildings of other regional buildings in South
East Asia, the square-based pyramidal roof forms a very
distinctive and prominent style. Its utilization on the Istana
Melawati as tower structures or security watch towers further
enhances its strong architectural silhouette and character.
Another popular feature of tropical Malay architecture
incorporated is the "bumbung limas" or sometimes referred to as "bumbung
perabung lima" (five-ridge roof).
Befitting the status of the Istana Melawati as a Royal Palace, the
roof forms are arranged on tiered levels - symbolizing the
prominent status of the buildings. Decorative fascia pieces
further enhance the features of the Istana.
The open-sided verandah is also featured prominently throughout
the Istana Melawati, acting as a very important interface between
nature and the built environment in vernacular tropical
architecture. The verandahs will enable the enjoyment of scented
flowers and herbs will be extensively used in the series of "Taman
Indera" or Royal Pleasure Gardens of Istana Melawati.