Penang Global City Center

by | 20. Jul 2012

Feature | Residential | Skyscrapers | Sustainable

Photo courtesy Asymptote Architecture


Sited on Penang Hill, the Penang Global City Center (PGCC), a key component of the 256 acre development site that was formally the Penang Turf Club, is an expansive, sustainable, mixed-use development with two iconic sixty-story towers.


Photo courtesy Asymptote Architecture

The design is centered on the idea of creating a new and powerful image for the city of Penang and the new initiatives associated with the development of the Northern Corridor of Malaysia.

The complex includes two iconic, sixty-story towers housing luxury residential units and five-star hotels, the Penang Performing Arts Center (PenPAC), a high-end retail and entertainment complex, an observatory, a world-class convention center and a vast public arena in the form of a plinth that serves as an entrance to the PGCC and connects it to the city beyond.

The design of the iconic towers in particular draws inspiration from not only the lushness and drama of the surrounding mountains and seascapes, but also from
the rich and diverse cultural heritage that makes up the Malaysian nation and Penang in particular.

The forms of the two towers are comprised of both horizontal and vertical elements. Sculpted horizontal components move across the plinth, rise up and transform into articulated vertical structures.


Photo courtesy Asymptote Architecture


The vast, cascading plinth, which functions as a public plaza with multiple gathering spaces, are venues for the performing arts center, convention center and various facilities for residential, office and urban life.


Photo courtesy Asymptote Architecture



Photo courtesy Asymptote Architecture



Photo courtesy Asymptote Architecture

Set against the backdrop of the nature reserve of Penang Hill, the twisting, glass facades of the towers “perform” various surface effects – reflecting, refracting and distorting views of Penang, the surrounding landscape and the seascape beyond.


Drawing courtesy Asymptote ArchitectureSite Plan


Drawing courtesy Asymptote Architecture

The design incorporates the latest in sustainable design and engineering technologies.


CITY Penang
COUNTRY Malaysia