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.
This high-rise office tower has a circular ground plan. The tower flares at both its base and top, and is supported on five massive columns which line the entire height of the structure. Each column, in its hollow, includes a peripheral air conditioning system serving one fifth of each floor area. The building's forecourt is punctuated by the mosque's tapering dome surmounted by a round blue-coloured finial and by a free-standing minaret ending in a blue-coloured pointed finial.