Putrajaya ~ The Buildings
Visitors Guide - Places
DAY TRIPS OUT
OF KL > PUTRAJAYA
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 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
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
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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