The convention centre is a focal point of Malaysia's new administrative capital. Its seven levels provide a plenary hall for 3'000, a banqueting hall for 3'500 and two large conference halls (capacity 2'000), as well as mini halls, meeting rooms, suites, galleries and supporting services - yet its footprint occupies only three acres of its 51-acre site, leaving the remainder for use as a public park. To achieve this, more than 60 per cent of the spaces are submerged below ground. The glazed walls of the above-ground structure are sloped and louvered to prevent direct solar gain; the membrane roof is made of Sanarfil.
Putrajaya Convention Centre Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.