Landmark tower in Malaysia revealed by Buro Ole Scheeren

Buro Ole Scheeren, the architect behind the CCTV headquarters in Beijing, has unveiled the design for a new landmark tower in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Angkasa Raya.

Commissioned by Malaysian property developer Sunrise Berhad, a member of UEM Land Holdings Berhad, Angkasa Raya is comprised of five elements – three floating elevated tower blocks and two multi-level zones of open horizontal slabs – that are autonomous yet connected to one another in a stacked and shifting configuration.

Rather than competing with the Twin Towers in the form of another “twin” or blending into the surrounding context of singular towers on a podium, Angkasa Raya offers a “new contemporary reading of the capital city and stands as an icon of the harmonious and dynamic balance of Malaysia’s cultural multiplicity and diversity,” stated in Buro Ole Scheeren’s Website.

At a height of 268 meters (over 879 feet) with over 65 floors, and 165,000 square meters (1,776,045 square feet) of construction area, Angkasa Raya accommodates offices, a luxury hotel and service residences. Each occupies one of the three rectangular volumes.

The “Ground Levels”, a series of open horizontal slabs, unfold two interconnected spirals of vehicular and pedestrian circulation, mixing signature retail, restaurants/cafes, a food court, and prayer rooms with outdoor greenery and urban streetscape. A grand staircase welcomes the public to the second floor of the Ground Levels and provides an amphitheater-like seating area.


At the virtual intersection between the three tower blocks, 120 meters (approximately 393 feet) above the city, are the “Sky Levels”, four levels of tropical greenery and metropolitan activity.

The “Service Residences”, a family of high-end condominiums, are located in the upper tower block from floor 37 to 64 and grouped around a naturally ventilated atrium. Over 280 units of studios, one to three bedroom apartments and duplexes, as well as penthouses are also available with dining terraces, an infinity edge pool, as well as a multi-function banquet hall, business lounges and meeting rooms. The “Service Residences” are likewise equipped with its own set of dedicated facilities on top of the “Sky Levels” – lap pool, Jacuzzi, Children’s pool, gym, and a landscaped garden.

The hotel occupies the smaller tower volume facing Jalan Ampang, with more than 200 suites. Hotel guests will enjoy dedicated amenities including a business center, club lounge and café, fitness center, and outdoor lap pool.

The offices in the lowest and largest tower block provide flexible floor space facing the Petronas Twin Towers.

The tower façades are clad with modular aluminum sun-shading, geometrically optimized and oriented to reduce solar heat gain, thereby contributing to energy savings through passive means. Other environmental features include a naturally ventilated atrium within the residences tower, eliminating the need for air conditioning and recirculation. Rainwater harvesting, landscape re-irrigation, insulated green roofs, and the natural shading effects will also be employed.

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