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Starhill Gallery / Spark Architects

  • 01:00 - 7 March, 2013
Starhill Gallery / Spark Architects
Starhill Gallery / Spark Architects, © Lin Ho
© Lin Ho

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
  • Architect in Charge

    Stephan Pimbley
  • Project Architect

    Michael Gibert
  • Team

    Kim-Lee Tan, Sevena Lee, Wenhui Lim
  • Lightning Designer

    Snfor Sdn Bhd
  • Structural Consultant

    RFR Shanghai
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Lin Ho
© Lin Ho

Text description provided by the architects. Starhill Gallery is perhaps Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic shopping mall, featuring an extraordinary array of luxury shops and fine dining restaurants. Spark's design proposal dealt with the reinvention of the existing façade of Starhill Gallery facing Bukit Bintang. This reinvention of Starhill Gallery is designed by Stephen Pimbley, founding director of Spark and the architect behind Singapore’s hugely popular Clarke Quay.

© Lin Ho
© Lin Ho

Stephen says, “Unlike many street-facing malls in Kuala Lumpur, our new façade for Starhill Gallery is firmly engaged with the public realm and generates valuable visual connections along this section of Bukit Bintang via the heavy footfall. We have designed a beacon for Starhill Gallery that celebrates its relationship with the city.”

© Lin Ho
© Lin Ho

Spark's design has opened up the façade which provides a lot of visual interest via a continuous shop front that wraps the existing building in a crystalline skin of glass and stone panels. The new façade resembles the "wet drapery" of the ancient statues of Greece and Rome, and the beautifully crafted gowns on sale inside Starhill Gallery. The fractured variation of solidity and transparency transforms the street façade of the existing building entirely, giving it a new contemporary classic identity that stands out amongst the quick-fix, ubiquitous shopping mall façades of many of Starhill Gallery’s neighbours.

© Lin Ho
© Lin Ho

Spark’s lightweight steel, stone and glass façade is the first of their kind in Malaysia that embraces cutting-edge façade technology from the French engineer RFR, the team that delivered the Pyramid at the Paris Louvre.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

Spark replaced the café at the entrance of Starhill Gallery with an iconic triple height shopping pavilion for the French luxury retailer LVMH and their cosmetics brand Sephora. Sephora is, in turn, connected to Starhill via a first floor bridge that pierces the new crystalline façade.

Spark, together with YTL, has deliberately crafted a complex building envelope using only the best materials that resonate with the importance of the building’s position and contribution to the streetscape of Kuala Lumpur. The synergy with high quality of the brands/products, as well as special visitor experience inside Starhill Gallery is undeniable.

Starhill Gallery’s new crystalline façade and the Sephora pavilion have effectively established an iconic new identity for Starhill Gallery, affirming its position as the foremost destination for luxury shopping in Southeast Asia.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Starhill Gallery / Spark Architects" 07 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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