Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Penang Global City Center in Malaysia by Asymptote Architecture
May 29th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Asymptote Architecture
Penang Global City Center in Penang, Malaysia as designed by the award-winning, New York-based firm Asymptote under the leadership of architect Hani Rashid, will be a 21st-century symbol for Penang on both a local and global scale through the simultaneous embrace of natural landscape, contemporary urbanism and innovative, energy-efficient design. This project is an opportunity to create a new image for the city of Penang by creating a precinct that is complementary to the existing character of the city and takes advantage of the lushness of the surrounding mountainous landscape by pulling it into the urban fold. The intertwining of the two creates a new model for a rich and dynamic urban landscape.
Penang Global City Center is nestled at the base of the nature reserve of Penang Hill and overlooks the city to the sea beyond. The city’s two towers are to be landmarks of outstanding architectural quality that stand out on the site as emblems of the new development. Other design hallmarks of the development are an observation tower and a site-specific, original sculpture designed by internationally renowned artist Frank Stella.
Every aspect of the design for Penang Global City Center incorporates the latest in cutting-edge, sustainable design and engineering innovations including building-integrated wind turbines; a high-performance façade with integrated, thin-film photovoltaics; high-efficiency central mechanical systems utilizing trigeneration; comprehensive storm water management and water recycling. The incorporation of these elements into the design represents the highest commitment to the creation of energy-efficient and environmentally conscious architecture. The projected result is a development that will have net-zero carbon emissions, an unprecedented aspiration for a project of such monumental proportions and programmatic diversity.
The programmatic distribution of Penang Global City Center creates a diverse, yet dense and dynamic, urban environment that is attractive to a variety of users, from local residents and workers to visitors from the region and beyond. The site’s mixed-use program includes a performing arts center, a convention center, a hotel, condominiums and commercial and office space. The complex will also host a range of recreational activities in a variety of natural settings and provide outdoor public spaces that can accommodate urban functions such as public gatherings, festivals, exhibitions and outdoor performances.
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Category: City Center