Architects: Zlg Design
Location: Selangor, Malaysia
Area: 200000.0 ft2
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Zlg Design
From the architect. Point 92 was completed in late 2012, the building simply named after the size of the site itself, it sits on a small site of 0.92 acres and consists of a single 19-storey tower with 200,000 sq feet of office space.
This formidable building is situated on a sloped site, overlooking Damansara Perdana and its ribbons of roads. The play of ambience through the incorporation of day lighting with façade treatment is a tried and true timeless aesthetic, as are the impeccable play of materials the architects are known for.
Staying true to the intention of creating an ambience that includes the context to the inside of the building, visitors will get to experience a breathtaking view of Damansara Perdana as they arrive at the lobby through a slowly rising escalating step way above the drop off. Despite its small size, the planting of about 500 trees around the site give rise to the feeling of dense vegetation around the main arrival floor. This deck allows visitors to take in the view by providing randomly placed precast concrete benches that encourages respite while wooden lanterns with marine plywood ceilings buttoned tightly against a raw concrete under croft create a soothing canopy. The reception desk with a pandomo recessed and undulating rebated wall greets the visitor and reminds them of the graphics and geometry of the building’s façade walls.
As an office plan, the generating feature of the floor plate is in fact a cut-out space which comprises of several levels of voids connected through gardens and meshes of vertical planting. The centre support column is braced to either side with different thickness of beams each corresponding to different floor forces framing the vertical space that is the garden. The terrace is specially lit and designed grandly to give the viewers from outside a taste of the garden.
To show that simple local materials can be crafted to create a building that is appealing and distinctive, local materials were carefully design and crafted, combine to give a feel that is natural and pleasing. Off form white concrete and local marine plywood were chosen as the main materials. To overcome the problem of building on a slope, the design opted for in situ concrete wall instead of the usual precast concrete solutions. Not only was it necessary to use metal formwork in sets to meet with a target schedule, it is also informed of the uniformity issues if the façade was casted in regular sequences. Hence the randomly casted sequence. Elegantly rising from the slopes, the slanting walls in the façade continues the natural geometry of the site while the rectangular punctuations complement the ever developing built environment in Damansara Perdana. The distinctive form and elegant façade has made the building a well-known landmark in the area, fondly referred to as ‘the Fendi bag’.
The building has received many positive comments and was featured on the cover of d+a, one of the established design magazines in the region. Point 92 is also a certified green building by the Green Building Index (GBI) of Malaysia. A key green feature is the insitu placed white concrete façade, which comprises of 150mm thick walls with only 38% openings for windows, minimizing heat gain while maintaining optimum natural light in the office spaces.
Point 92 is also a certified MSC (Multimedia Super Corridor) Cybercentre Status building, with specifications that fulfill the stringent requirements of MSC Status companies.