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.
The site is located on the east coast of Malaysia. It extends along two private beaches and part of he public beach of Cherating. A range of low, densely vegetated hills separate the site from the neighbouring villages and the highway. The programme consists of a 600-room tourist complex organised in a village-like layout. This layout is based on a staggered, linear organisation along which groups of buildings are interconnected by open corridors. The buildings are located on both sides of the central communal activities area. The focus of these facilities is the swimming pool, around which the restaurants, lounges, theatre and shops. The staggered pattern of the 2-3 storey bedroom blocks aims to recreate the irregular appearence of nearby villages. The main floor level is raised on stilts to improve ventilation and viewing while at the same time maintaining the natural vegetation. Generous roof eaves provide shade and protection against heavy rains. The composite construction system is of timber columns, beam trusses, and concrete columns and beams with stained timber boarding on the external facades and clay tiles on the pitched roofs.