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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

SPARCH: 1 mont kiara mall, Malaysia

international architectural firm sparch’s first major built project in malaysia, 
1 mont’ kiara retail mall, will soon open its doors to the public. sparch was
commissioned to design the roof and interior of the project.

the green centrepiece of 1 mont’ kiara is undoubtedly its atrium, which nestles 
under a triangulated transparent canopy constructed using ethylene tetrafluoroethylene
(ETFE). the ETFE roofing enables natural light to stream through, illuminating the piazza
like space and minimising the dependence on electrical means of illumination. the EFTE 
lightweight pillow roof also reacts to lighting and projection. as a result, the colour 
of the ceiling can be changed, as desired, whilst events, activities and cultural performances 
are staged to engage and entertain visitors.

the atrium floor depicts an abstract image of the hibiscus flower, malaysia’s national flower,
that guides shoppers to different zones of interest. 

the shopping centre is comprised of five retail levels – four above ground and one in 
the basement – occupies a gross floor area of 40,000 sqm, and is an integral part of 
the eponymous mixed-use development that will include offices and serviced apartments.

1 mont’ kiara retail mall by sparch
photo by milk photographie

construction of the roof

construction of the roofthe roof is partially supported by an expressed structural frame that is wrapped
in fabric and back illuminated helping animate the space with advertisements.

the internal structure of the roof

lighting projected onto the structure


project info:

location: kuala lumpur, malaysia
project status: under construction
GFA (sqm): 97,550
client: capitaland malaysia pte ltd
client: ireka development management SDN BHD

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