I’ve had people ask me why I haven’t mentioned the Menara Mesiniaga, designed by architect Ken Yeang, in Subang Jaya Selangor, Malaysia. Well…the building was modern + famous when it was finished in the ’90s, and it’s still modern + famous. I don’t really know if I can do any justice trying to describe the structure, but I’ll direct you to some more detailed information on the building, in case you’re interested in studying bioclimatic skyscraper design and the like. The Menara Mesiniaga, often referred to as the IBM building, is owned by Mesiniaga, a Malaysian public company in the IT sector that is somehow connected to IBM. The 15 floor, 207 foot, intelligent building was finished in 1992, and interestingly, property values of the land around the building have flourished.
Excluding the costs of land acquisition, Menara Mesiniaga was constructed at a cost of roughly $8.9 M (USD). The building design reduces long-term maintenance costs and lowers energy use. On the north + south facades, curtain wall glazing minimizes solar gain. On the east + west facades, aluminum fins and louvers provide sun shading. All the office floor terraces have sliding doors that allow the occupants to control natural ventilation. The trussed steel + aluminum sunroof also incorporates solar panels that power the building. Some other features include the skycourt, vertical landscaping, and naturally ventilated core. The Menara Mesiniaga is the epitome of building design that reflects climate characteristics specific to the location of the building.
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