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REX Proposes Retractable Facade for 'Equator Tower' in Malaysia

REX Proposes Retractable Facade for 'Equator Tower' in Malaysia

REX has been selected as one of five finalists for a 173,000 square meter proposal located near the equator in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dubbed as the "Equator Tower," the concept wraps a retractable, PTFE-coated, glass fiber-reinforced sun shade around a slender 80-story tower, blocking direct sun exposure from all four sides.

REX Proposes Retractable Facade for 'Equator Tower' in Malaysia, View from Northwest Gateway. Image © Luxigon
View from Northwest Gateway. Image © Luxigon

Each floor, comprised of 12-meter wide plates, accommodates office, commercial and leisure spaces, dispersing "extra amenities" — observatory, sky lobbies and podium lobbies — throughout the length of the tower. Mullion-free, floor-to-ceiling glass clads the resulting "office machine," needing only small columns dispersed throughout the perimeters.

View of Podium Level and Level 1 Lobbies. Image © Luxigon
View of Podium Level and Level 1 Lobbies. Image © Luxigon

The skin of the building drapes like a veil and exists in two states. During the day, the sun shade is stretched between the extra amenities and mechanical floors on a tensile cable net, "creating a high-performance, lyrical silhouette." The veil protects the offices' unobstructed views from daylight and glare, providing 85 percent opacity. 4.2-meter shingles allow air circulation and ease of retraction with a silver exterior coating that rejects heat, while a black coating on the interior enhances visual legibility of the cityscape. 

© REX
© REX

On overcast days and at night, the swooping veil is retracted to the mechanical floors, revealing a rigid core that will undoubtedly become a spectacle within Kuala Lumpur's skyline.   

  • Architects

    REX
  • Location

    Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Design Team

    Adam Chizmar, Danny Duong, Luis Gil, Alysen Hiller, Gabriel Jewell-Vitale, Roberto Otero, Se Yoon Park, Joshua Prince-Ramus, Yuan Tiauriman, Cristina Webb
  • Executive Architect

    DP
  • Consultants

    ARUP, Barker Mohandas, DEGW, Front, Magnusson Klemencic, Martha Schwartz Partners
  • Area

    173000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
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Cite: Jose Luis Gabriel Cruz. "REX Proposes Retractable Facade for 'Equator Tower' in Malaysia" 13 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/466553/rex-proposes-retractable-facade-for-equator-tower-in-malaysia/> ISSN 0719-8884
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