YTL HEADQUARTERS | Ministry of Design
Ministry of Design: Colin Seah, Joyce Low, Ruth Chong, Kevin Leong , Damien Saive, Namrata Mehta, Fai Suvisith, Justin Lu, Zhang Hang, Maggie Lek, Kaye Mojica, Richard Herman, Rais Rahman, Tasminah Ali, Azilawanti Wati, Faiz Jasni
Address: 205 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Built in GFA:
Ground Floor Lobby: 313sqm
L8 Cafe and Function Room: 910 sqm
L9 Meeting Facility: 835 sqm
L10 Meeting Facility: 987 sqm
Total GFA: 3045 sqm; Land Area - 2600 sqm
1. Ground Floor Lobby: Reception, Lift Lobbies
2. L8 Cafe and Function Room: Cafe, Multi-Function room (approx. 122 pax), VIP room
3. L9 Meeting Facility: Hot desks, Banquette seating, Booth seating, Open discussion area, Meeting rooms x 13, Pantry
4. L10 Meeting Facility: Open discussion areas x 2, Meeting rooms x 23, Pantry x 2
Building Height: 179 meters tall (42 storeys)
Owner: YTL Corporation Berhad
ID Contractor: Quantum One Sdn Bhd
Press Contact: Joy Chan Seah, Director email@example.com; +65-98592650 ; www.modonline.com
Photography: David Yeow Photography
Concept: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Design: Syarikat Pembenaan Yeoh Tiong Lay Sdn Bhd
Architect of Record: Veritas Design Group
Lighting Consultant: Brandston Partnership Inc
Art at Ground Floor: Hanging Art Sculpture titled “Leaves”: Studio Sawada Design Co Ltd
Interior Construction duration: 24 months
Date of Completion: November 2020
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Lift Lobby © David Yeow Photography
Design brief: To unify
YTL Corporation Berhad, a large Malaysian infrastructure conglomerate founded in 1955, grew from a small construction firm into a global infrastructure company spanning oil & gas, cement, construction, property development and hotels. Previously occupying various offices in different locations, this YTL Headquarters located in Central Kuala Lumper (along Jalan Bukit Bintang) brings together for the first time, the entire suite of YTL departments (numbering more than a dozen, comprising 1000 staff members), each of which have developed their own culture and operations.
Facade © David Yeow Photography
The brief for MOD was to design the public areas shared by these departments, i.e. Ground Floor lobby and levels 8-10, and present a unified brand identity under one roof. As such, MOD sought to create a series of choreographed spatial experiences which aim to balance YTL’s legacy of corporate professionalism with a future-forward attitude that embraces change.
Spiral Stair © David Yeow Photography
Communal Table © David Yeow Photography
Design concept: To respect legacy and infuse future-forwardness
There are 2 main public area zones, the Ground Floor lobby, and 3 upper floors (levels 8-10) which comprises a host of collective meeting zones, and a cafe.
Cafe Counter © David Yeow Photography
Cafe © David Yeow Photography
At the Ground Floor, visitors are greeted by a vertically cavernous lobby which spans more than 25-meters in height (7 floors). The design challenge for MOD, was how to enhance the majestic quality of the space, yet not dwarf the human scale and provide a welcoming entrance. As such, the lobby is a study in proportion, light control and a disciplined use of materials. The soaring space has been designed to capture the rays of light in the daytime, and glow like a lantern in the evening.
Lobby © David Yeow Photography
Seating Area © David Yeow Photography
Lift Lobby © David Yeow Photography
Hangingart © David Yeow Photography
MOD designed the marble-clad columns such that its rhythm is denser and more grounded at the bottom, yet getting lighter towards the top, giving the impression of ascending lightness. MOD inserted horizontal striations and ridges using bronze accents, in the continuing pattern of white Bugatsa Marble, to provide visual relief rather than a continuous ascension to the top. A glittering art installation hovers like a cloud over a series of pavilion niches, which provide a sense of human scale in this vast space. MOD designed the seating areas as architectural pavilion niches rather than mere decorative benches. These seating areas provide iconic Barcelona Couches for visitors to sit on and admire the lobby’s majestic cavernous quality, and the pavilion niches are also designed in the same restrained material palette, featuring bronze bead blast metal trims for consistency.
Hot Desk Area © David Yeow Photography
Banquette Seating © David Yeow Photography
Pantry © David Yeow Photography
Meeting room © David Yeow Photography