02 Jul “Landmark in the neighbourhood” Domus Italy
Architecture studio Spark has recently redesigned the façade of the Starhill Gallery, one of Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic luxury shopping malls. The project was coordinated by director Stephen Pimbley, and focused on the shopping mall’s façade facing Bukit Bintang.
“Unlike many street-facing malls in Kuala Lumpur, our new façade for Starhill Gallery is firmly engaged with the public realm”, Pimbley says, “and generates valuable visual connections along this section of Bukit Bintang via the heavy footfall. We have designed a beacon for Starhill Gallery that celebrates its relationship with the city.”
The architects have opened up the façade, seeking to create a continuous shop front that wraps the existing building in a crystalline skin of glass and stone panels. The fractured variation of solidity and transparency transforms the street façade of the existing building, giving it a new identity that stands out amongst the ubiquitous shopping mall façades of many of Starhill Gallery’s neighbours.