Ken Yeang is a principle at T.R.Hamzah & Yeang Sdn.Bhd, an international architect firm with its HQ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The firm has been in existence over 2 decades, with projects in Europe, USA and Asia. Key projects include the high-rise National Library Board building (Singapore), the 40-storey Eco-Tower at Elephant & Castle, the 24-storey IBM Building (Malaysia) and 15-storey Mesiniaga Building (IBM franchise) (Malaysia), Wirrina Cove Condominium (Australia).
The principals are Tengku Robert Hamzah and Dr. Ken Yeang. Both the principals' architectural education were at the AA (Architectural Association) School (London). Tengku Robert Hamzah, a prince in the Malay Royal family, completed the AA Tropical Architecture School course under Dr.Otto Koenigsberger. Dr. Ken Yeang subsequently received a doctorate from Cambridge University (UK) on ecological design.
The firm has received over 20 awards including the Aga Khan Award Archiecture (1995) and the RAIA International Award (in 1997 and 1999). The firm's work has been published extensively in the international press.
The firm's design expertise is in their ecological approach for the design of large projects and buildings that include consideration given to their impacts on the site's ecology and the building's use of energy and materials over its life-cycle. Much of the firm's early work pioneers the passive low-energy design of skyscrapers, as the 'bioclimatic skyscraper'. The firm is a long-serving member of the Council on Tall buildings and Urban habitat (USA). The firm practices Cost Planning ( in delivering Projects to be within Client's budget) with great emphasis on rigorous in-house project management and control.
The Selangor Turf Club is one of the most modern and extensively equipped race tracks in Asia. The site spread over 103 hectares (255 acres) of infill land previously functioning as an abandoned cut and fill tin mine. The facilities include: racing tracks, a 25,000 capacity grandstand, stables for up to 700 horses, an equine pool, equine clinic as well as public riding facilities with sand and grass training tracks. The main objective was to design a first-class racing facility that would also allow flexibility in use and possible expansion to meet the client's future needs. An efficient security/circulation system was crucial to the workings of the project as well as an energy efficient design that would reduce the operational cost of the scheme.
The grandstand is divided into two parts, the members' section and the public section. The members have their own entrance lobby with an escalator that goes to the top, private section of the building. There they have their own facilities and watch the races in their air-conditioned space (capacity 1'200) or from the twelve executive boxes. On either side of the member's entrance are restaurants that cater to the members but are also open to the public on non-racing days.
The building is a five-storey concrete structure including the basement and steel-framed roof. The long overhang of the roof is for protection from the sun and the rain. The louvres in the roof provide a breeze and cool even flow of air movement. When the temperature of the surrounding environment of a building is higher than inside, the building is designed in such a way that the scale is large in form and height in order to suck in the warm air, this creates a vacuum by pushing the warm air upwards, which consequently provides fluent cool air movement. (The natural movement of air which rises through the building). All the effects were carefully studied. The consistent movement of air and natural ventilation is purely executed here. The main structure is reinforced concrete, the structural frames are with steel outriggers. The roof consists of lattice truss and the floors are of post tension structure.