Putrajaya ~ The Buildings
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There are undoubtedly many uniquely designed buildings to showcase in Putrajaya. Mostly have the Malay-Arab-Islamic, Moorish or Mogul design concept and influence rather than the unique Malaysian architectural identity which can be said for the Parliament house, the National mosque and the National Museum in Kuala Lumpur. Be as it may, for visitors to Putrajaya, the most notable buildings you will see are -

Perdana Putra - The Prime Ministers Office
The office of the Prime Minister’s complex "Perdana Putra" is situated on the main hill, overlooking the Dataran Putra, the Prime Minister's Office is in the central Main Block which is topped by a glazed mosaic main dome.

It is an interesting mixture of styles - modern Western, modern Islamic, and British Colonial which was itself inspired by ancient Roman architecture.

The onion dome is accompanied by smaller domes on either side, and the facade is intricately adorned. The green of the dome is matched by the roof and the windows, and contrasts with the brown stone facade.

Seri Perdana - The Prime Ministers Residence
One of the most prominent buildings in Putrajaya. Simply put, the Malaysian prime minister has one of the biggest home spread in the world.

Seri Perdana is the permanent, official residence of the present and future Prime Ministers of Malaysia.

It is specially designed with mixture of Malay Moorish and Islamic architecture of the Mogul era.

It consists of 3 main blocks - Main Reception Facilities & Protocol Block / The Banquet Facilities Block and the third block is the official residence and the living quarters of the Prime Minister.

Putra Mosque
Situated next to a lake, it is modelled after Persian Islamic architecture of the Safavid period with several elements derived from other Muslim cultures. The main entrance is patterned after gates to public buildings in Muslim Persia.

The building was constructed mainly with rose-tinted granite, offset by brown-stained cengal woodwork to enhance the decorative features on the doors, windows and panels.

Its 116m tall minaret was designed after the Sheikh Oman Mosque in Baghdad. Its five-tiers representing the five pillars of Islam and its five call to prayers. Twelve columns support the 36 metre diameter main dome.

The mosque which accommodates 15,000 people. has a large courtyard called the “Sahn” dedicated to commemorate the life of the Prophet. The main entrance to the mosque is patterned after the gates of Persia while Its basement design have similarity to the King Hassan Mosque in Casablanca.

Putrajaya International Convention Centre
What most people call "that funny shaped building" has been described as as distinctive and contemporary.

The building’s unique curvilinear design combines the traditional shape and concept of the ‘wau’ (ancient kite) and the ‘pending perak’ (silver royal belt buckle), where the patterns are engraved in a series of radiating circles.

Similarly the various areas / rooms are set in a series of radiating circular. All these architectural elements come together to realise the concept of unity.

This massive convention centre said to seat 3,000 people while the Banquet Hall is can seat a maximum of 4,500 cocktail style and 2,000 banquet style, is not utilised as much as it could be but is worth visiting if only for the fine views from its hilltop position.

The circular building incorporates an internal garden behind glass walls so that you can enjoy the beauty of the garden but not have to suffer from the heat.

The Palace of Justice
A somewhat palatial Islamic architecture, it houses the judicial department in a five-storey administration building, and the courts in a two-storey annexed building.

The Palace of Justice's design incorporates influences of Classical Islamic culture like Taj Mahal of India's Moorish culture and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Kuala Lumpur along with Western Classical influence, like Palladian.

The classical design gives depths to the building skin and creates interesting articulated facade.

Ministry of Finance
A visible landmark from the Putra Bridge, this imposing building complex with a crescent-shaped facade, consists of 12 storeys.

Within are the Royal Customs and Excise Department, Department of Valuation and Property Services, Department of the National Accountant of Malaysia, Inland Revenue Board, Securities Commission, and National Bank of Malaysia.

A combination between Islamic and Malaysian architecture and ornament. In concept, this building is a reflection of a contemporary tropical architecture featuring an elaborated façade constructed with pre-cast panels, aluminium screens and sunshades.

The Perbadanan Putrajaya Complex
Owned by Putrajaya Holdings, the lead developer for Putrajaya, the complex is one of the landmark buildings with contemporary interpretation of traditional Islamic architecture.
The main feature is the Gateway or Gerbang with a public viewing deck on the top most level. This allows for a breathtaking view of the city skyline that includes the Palace of Justice and the Grand Mosque. The gateway also provides a vantage point during parades.

Istana Melawati
Istana Melawati is the second national palace of the king of Malaysia (Yang DiPertuan Agong) after the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur. Located slope of the hill, this is to be the royal retreat for His Majesty.

It also serves as the venue for meetings with other Rulers and Yang Di Pertua Negeri as well as the venue for certain official and private functions hosted by the Yang DiPertuan Agong.

The Istana is built cascading gently down the slope from the higher southern level to the lower north-western corner of the hill offering the scenic views of the Putrajaya Lake and its surrounding area. The square-based pyramidal roof arranged on tiered levels and open-sided verandas forms a very distinctive and prominent style.

Istana Darul Ehsan
Known as Darul Ehsan Palace, it is one of the royal residences of the Sultan of Selangor. Built Tudor-style with a light and deep grey facade, the palace is more of a mansion.

Split into six storey and serviced by lifts, the interior is done in gold, cream and subdued yellow. The grand doors open to a large lobby constructed in a semi-circle.

The grand lobby area of Istana Darul Ehsan, is made out of glossy marble floors. Grand reception area located one floor below the lobby looks out to a splendid view of Putrajaya.

The Diamond Building
This relatively new building is also known as ‘Bangunan Berlian’ in Malay (so named for its unique shape), is an eight-story structure that is the headquarters of the Energy Commission (Suruhanjaya Tenaga) of Malaysia in Putrajaya.

The passive-design, energy-efficient structure is designed to use mostly natural light and to consume about one-third the amount of energy of a conventional building of its size.

The building , is topped with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which generate about 10 percent of the building’s energy. Rainwater harvesting systems save about 70 to 80 percent of water usage. The Diamond Building’s inverted pyramid configuration allows more roof space for solar panels and more ground space for greenery.

The centrepiece of the building is a large central atrium designed to admit and regulate day lighting using an automatic roller-blind system responsive to the intensity as well as the angle of the incident sunlight.

The Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque
Named after the country’s 13th King (Yang DiPertuan Agong), the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque, is the second principal mosque in Putrajaya after its iconic Putra Mosque.

The mosque was built out of 6000 tonnes of reinforced stainless steel which makes up 70% of its structure, earning it the moniker, ‘Steel Mosque’.

The mosque located right next to Putrajaya lake, unlike most mosques in the country, Masjid Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin didn’t borrow design ideas from the Middle East, but instead adopts a combination of Chinese and German architectural styles. And also unlike most mosques, it doesn’t come with a minaret. The main entrance is reinforced with Glass Reinforced Concrete to increase the integrity of the structure and uses fine glass to create an illusion of a white mosque from afar

Employing a ‘light, airy and transparent’ design concept, the mosque relies on natural ventilation and an air-cooling technology called ‘Gas District Cooling’ to ensure that the air within the building stays cool even without the use of fans or air conditioners. Lattice screens made from stainless steel surround its main prayer hall in place of walls, allowing free flow of air. It also has an ultrasonic technology to repel birds.

The path towards the mosque crosses a skyway known as the Kiblat Walk which stretches out to the nearby Putrajaya Corporation.
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