Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Penang Global City Center, Asymptote Architecture

Asymptote Architecture Announces the Design of Penang Global City Center (PGCC), an Expansive, Sustainable, Mixed-Use Development with Two Iconic Sixty-Story Towers.

The design achieves its elegance and stature through the simultaneous embrace of natural landscapes and contemporary urbanism.

The forms of the two towers are comprised of both horizontal and vertical elements: sculpted horizontal components move across the plinth, rise up and transform into articulated vertical structures. Set against the backdrop of the nature reserve of Penang Hill, the twisting, glass façades of the towers “perform” various surface effects—reflecting, refracting and distorting views of Penang, the surrounding landscape and the seascape beyond.

Asymptote: Hani Rashid + Lise Anne Couture
Penang Global City Center (PGCC)
Penang, Malaysia

Photo: © Asymptote

2 comments:

FADZLAN RIZAN JOHANI said...

I saw their presentation slide during PAM seminar in KL. Such a remarkable project...not to mention who in Penang could afford that!.

Fadzlan

Bunga said...

The project of course has been highly controversial, not least because of the lack of project details and often misleading claims. For example, the other 37 (or more) tower blocks were left out of display models etc.... And now the project developers have been asked to re-submit. Many in Penang view the PGCC traffic implications as disastrous. They also put PGCC alongside the five or six very similar projects in Penang and ask: isit all necessary? Who benefits?

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