Hijjas Kasturi studied at the University of Adelaide and the University of Melbourne (Bachelor of Architecture 1965, Graduate Diploma of Town and Regional Planning 1966). He returned to Singapore in 1966, then moved to Malaysia in 1967, where he founded the School of Art and Architecture at MARA Institute of Technology. He went into partnership in 1969, and then formed the practice Hijjas Kasturi Associates (HKAS) in 1997. Characterised by the major concerns of architecture, town planning and building, plus the arts-oriented influences of industrial design, graphic and textile design, and fine arts, the practice of HKAS has a unique vision.
Major buildings in include the Menara Maybank (1989), Tabung Haji (1986), Putrajaya Convention Centre (2003) and the 4G11 Tower in Putrajaya (2008)
Mr Hijjas Kasturi’s work is recognised internationally. In 1998 he received the Tokyo Creation Award and in 2001 the Malaysian Architect’s Institute Gold Medal. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Unviersiti Malaya in 2005.
Source: University of Melbourne, Atrium Magazine, Number 7, 2008.
A 55-storey office tower composed of two curved blocks, situated near the city centre. The tower provides 90,000 square metres of usable space, complete with conference facilities, a 1500 seat auditorium and an exhibition hall. Other facilities include shops, banking, a crèche, eateries, a gym, and a medical centre. The roof is made of copper and the building's exterior is clad with metallic blue aluminum and glass. Pools, fountains and water channels are arranged around indigenous trees at the foot of the building, and 'sky gardens' -- open landscaped terraces -- are introduced on every third floor.