The Dayabumi Complex was completed in 1983 and it was a controversial expensive mega project at that time which automatically gained a new Kuala Lumpur landmark status then. It was also the first modern building in Malaysia whose architecture was loosely influenced by Islamic and moorish architecture.
It was designed purposely so to blend in with the pervading Moorish and Byzantine atmosphere of the structures that surround it namely The Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the Railway Station Building. The complex houses a shopping arcade, City Point, offices and the General Post Office.
Dayabumi is one of my favourite buildings. This building is considered the earliest skyscraper in Malaysia that has “characters” compared to other earlier skyscrapers which consist of only concrete, steel and glass and their architecture was very much influenced by their western counterparts. Dayabumi architecture is different. Its architecture was inspired by modern Islamic style of architecture as shown by ubiquitous eight-pointed star of Islamic motiffs. The pristine white colour of the building also denotes the purity of Islam – the colour preferred normally by mosque.
At the base of the building there are various arches with shapes similar to onion-shaped domes used by mosques especially those whose architecture is influenced by the middle-east architecture.
Unfortunately until now I still cannot find who is the architect of this majestic building. Its architect as provided by Wikipedia was written as Urban Development Authority of Malaysia but still I am not satisfied. I believe there must be a man who at least conceived the very idea of what The Dayabumi Complex should look like as today.
Here are some photos of The Dayabumi Complex – most of them were just recently taken.