Asymtote Architecture has announced a large development project located in northern Malaysia: Penang Global City Center (PGCC) recently. The project covers 400,000 sq. m. of retail complex, 100,000 sq. m. of conventionm center, 75,000 sq. m. of Penang Performing Arts Center (PenPAC), 70,000 sq. m. of condomonium, 50,000 sq. m. of Hotel and Service Apartments, 25,000 sq. m. of offices, 1,500 sq. m. of Observatory, and 190,000 sq. m. of parking. As reported by dezeen.com, this project was unveiled last week by Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
According to the press release, here are the design concept:
“Asymptote’s design for the PGCC complex is centered on the idea of creating a new and powerful image for the city of Penang and the new initatives associated with the development of the Northern Corridor of Malaysia. The design achieves its elegance and stature through the simultaneous embrace of natural landscapes and contemporary urbanism. The PGCC will become a vital new precinct that complements and enhances the unique characteristics that typify Penang as a remarkable island metropolis. The design of the iconic towers in particular draws inspiration from not only the lushness and drama of the surrounding mountains and seascapes, but also from the rich and diverse cultural heritage that makes up the Malaysian nation and Penang in particular.”
(Image credit: Asymptote: Hani Rashid + Lise Anne Couture.)