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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

The POD Exhibition Hall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Studio Nicoletti Associati

June 3rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Studio Nicoletti Associati

In the area of Petaling Jaya, west of Kuala Lumpur, a great urban development is under way for the establishment of a new urban centre. As a landmark for this area, the Developer wanted to host his on-site offices and sale’s showroom in an iconic pavilion that would reflect the spirit and the architectural style of the whole development.

Night View (Image Courtesy H. Lim Ho)

  • Architects: Studio Nicoletti Associati
  • Project: The POD Exhibition Hall
  • Location: Petaling Jaya – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Architect Design: Luca F. Nicoletti, Serina Hijjas

Exterior View (Image Courtesy H. Lim Ho)

  • Firm: Studio Nicoletti Associati Italy and Hijjas Kasturi Associates Sdn, Malaysia
  • Developer: MKH Group, Malaysia
  • Construction: Bina Jurati Sdn Bhd
  • Dimension: 800 sqm
  • Services: Concept Design, Design Development, Contract Documentation and Construction.
  • Photography: © H. Lim Ho

Exterior View (Image Courtesy H. Lim Ho)

Water droplets in nature was the inspiration for ‘The Pod’ pavilion structure creating a dynamic spherical form resulting in a primitive building archetype with a modern twist. The round and soft shape of The Pod is formed as a series of elliptical sections of variable widths and heights. Slithers of windows brings natural daylight into the spaces below Internally the pavilion is divided into two parts: one zone is dedicated to the office area and the other contains the main showroom. The building appears to be sliced diagonally into a series of ribbons which wrap up and over the building creating a dynamic space within, forming a layered protective shell.

Side View (Image Courtesy H. Lim Ho)

The structure is fabricated from tubular steel members with the exterior skin made of spectrally reflective aluminium panels. The exterior skin colour shades change’s depending on the reflection of the sun, dynamically.

The POD Exhibition Hall (Image Courtesy H. Lim Ho)

The Pod is surrounded by a greenery with a  reflective water pool wrapping around the edges that will contribute to the Bioclimatic behaviour and wellness of its inhabitants.

The POD Exhibition Hall (Image Courtesy H. Lim Ho)

Luca Nicoletti

Luca F. Nicoletti, partner and co-founder of Studio Nicoletti Associati, graduated cum laude at Rome University Sapienza. Member of Architect’s Chamber, visiting Professor and Lecturer at he Docomomo International Institute in London; Ajman University of Science and Technology, UAE; Rome’s University La Sapienza and Roma Tre; President of the Young Branch of International Academy of Architecture.

Luca f. nicoletti

Recently awarded with Dedalo Minosse international prize, Cityscape Architectural Awards Highly Commended Seal of Distinction, Cityscape Asia international award, Cityscape Dubai international award, Luca Nicoletti is an expert in direction management of high complexity urban and architectural projects and winner of several international design competition.

The POD Exhibition Hall (Image Courtesy H. Lim Ho)

STUDIO NICOLETTI ASSOCIATI, founded in 1957, delivers world-class professional design and management services. Studio Nicoletti Associati offers award winning architectural design, progressive infrastructure engineering, highly ranked project and construction management and is known for its quality and professionalism. At over 30 professionals, is are one of the eldest and largest  firms in Rome. Can deliver total services to a project or form flexible work teams that can integrate into a larger group in partnering and sub-consulting roles. The Studio practice has expanded through all major aspects of urban and building design in Italy, Europe, Africa, USA, Middle and Far East.

Front View (Image Courtesy H. Lim Ho)


Director of Hijjas Kasturi Associates Sdn with over 20 years of experience in the field of architectural design. Graduated from Bartlett School of Architecture and University of Sydney with a three year working stint with Foster & Partners, London.  Serina Hijjas have been active in the area of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability since her formative years in architectural practice in London. Awardees of three Asian Energy Efficiency Awards: – the 55 storey Telekom Malaysia Headquarters Building (2005); First Runner-Up Securities Commission HQ (2003) and First Runner-Up Putrajaya International Convention Centre (2007).  Works extends to Ericsson Building, Putrajaya Lighting and Water masterplan, TNB Headquarters Building, AIMST University in Malaysia.

Serina Hijjas

Currently the firm is working on the first LEED gold accredited office tower under construction in Kuala Lumpur at KL Sentral and is a founding member of the Green Building Index and the Accreditation panel.  Ar. Serina lectures on Rethinking Sustainability and is a working member on the formation of the Commercial, Residential and Township Green Building Index tools and reference guides for Malaysia.

Interior View (Image Courtesy H. Lim Ho)

Interior View (Image Courtesy H. Lim Ho)

Interior View (Image Courtesy H. Lim Ho)

Interior View (Image Courtesy H. Lim Ho)

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One Response to “The POD Exhibition Hall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Studio Nicoletti Associati”


    how to reach this exhibition center from central KL ?

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