Today I spent the whole morning shooting the majestic Menara TM. The uniqueness about Menara TM is you can get totally different picture when shooting from different angle. This is due to its special asymmetrical design unlike other common office buildings.
However its architect Hijjas Kasturi Associates are well known to be the architect behind many prominent landmarks that have crafted the skyline of Kuala Lumpur. Other prominent skyscrapers that were designed by Hijjas Kasturi Associates are Menara Maybank which once was the tallest building in Kuala Lumpur, the hourglass-inspired Bangunan Tabung Haji, Menara Tun Sambanthan and Menara MPPJ just to name a few.
Menara TM is the building of Telekom Malaysia’s (TM) headquarters. It is 310m high and was shaped to represent a sprouting bamboo shoot or rebung in Malay. It has 55 floors interrupted by a series of hanging gardens rising upward in a spiralling motion, a form reminiscent of “a plant growing tall, anxious to reach the light, with solid roots to anchor it but with the beauty of an unfurling leaf”.
This is intelligent architecture designed to fit into the surrounding environment with aesthetically appreciable design and expedients promoting energy conservation: examples include the tower’s orientation, the design of the windows, the energy efficiency system and the Hiross Flexible Space System for climate control using the space under the floor to circulate air and create customised microclimates in different areas. A large theatre for up to 2500 people and a recreational centre for Telekom Malaysia staff complete the structure, which totals more than 487,000 m2.
I greatly enjoyed shooting this beautiful and majestic edifice. Fortunately the lighting was favourable and it helped accentuate the forms and curves that this building is known for.
I am pleased to share the resulting photos here for your viewing pleasure.
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