The restoration of the Secretariat, also known as the Ministers’ Building, is a milestone project, preserving one of South-east Asia’s most beautiful colonial heritage landmarks. Built as government offices in 1868, it was designed in a U shape around a quadrangle. However, seismic activity in Yangon in the early 30s caused damage to the building.
The southern vertical structures suffered noticeably while the corner turrets on the northern towers were unaffected. The lower parts of the building were mostly undamaged. Many of the domes and corner turrets had to be dismantled. Due to its simple and regular structural design, renovation was made possible after stripping back to assess the building frame. The remedial works were designed to restore the building’s historical image while staying true to the original materials, and to open it up as a public and cultural space.
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