eATSA 06/2012
Greetings again.
ATSA Architects was recognised as one of Malaysia's Top 10 architecture firm and this year was our third time being selected to receive accolades at the 8th BCI Asia Awards. The prestigious event was held at KL Hilton on the 22nd May 2012. The BCI Asia Top 10 Awards provides an overview of the regional building and construction industry by recognising the top architectural firms and developers that had the greatest impact on the built environment in Southeast Asia.

Based on the greatest volume of buildings over an annual qualification period, the selection for the award recipients was made through BCI Asia Research Consultant's aggregation of more than a quarter of a million interviews with architects, developers, consultants and contractors reporting on significant building projects in Asia Pacific.
Speech quoted from Dr. Matthias Krups, Chairman of BCI Asia:
"Examples of projects by this year's Top 10 Award winners we see both, innovation for great designs and long-term solutions for sustainability. The fact that buildings are responsible for as much as one third of global greenhouse gas emissions and 40 percent of global energy used is starting to be recognised stronger by the market players around the world. This is a trend BCI is happy to witness in Asia as well."

This event highlights the key industry players that enable the market to better understand the important roles that these organisations hold as well as their impact, both socially and on the environment.

This award is a testimony for ATSA's ongoing endeavour to strengthen our belief in our brand of Architecture that is Responsible, Timeless, Progressive, Innovative and Sustainable.

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'GREEN ARCHITECTURE' - is not a product but an attitude

In the design world today, big business is embracing green building, governmental bodies are rewarding sustainable efforts, and individuals across the globe are making everyday decisions about materials and methods that will impact generations to come.

We faced with myriad choices when it comes to sustainable design and construction. With the increasing push towards environmental sustainably and energy efficient buildings, more and more building designers are becoming increasingly well versed in sustainable design principles and how to implement them in a building, whether it is residential, commercial, or industrial.

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Ideas & Sketches From ATSA (click image to preview)
ATSA Updates

KLIFD Signature Tower
ATSA Architects Sdn Bhd
in colaboration with Perkins & Wills (USA) have been shortlisted to proceed to Stage 2 of the PAM + UIA + 1MDB International Design Competition for KLIFD Signature Tower Project Kuala Lumpur. Proudly to announce, we (ATSA Architects) are the 12 out of 63 nos of Architectural Company being shortlisted. The Competition is organized by Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) in collaboration with International Union of Architects (UIA) and promoted by 1MDB Real Estate Sdn Bhd (1MDB RE). The closing date for Stage 2 will be on 24th May 2012 and tentative announcement of winners and presentation of awards will be in June 2012.

All 12 Architectural Companies were listed below :

- ATSA Architects Sdn Bhd ~ Perkins + Will (USA)
- GDP Architects Sdn Bhd ~ Foster + Partners Ltd (Royaume - Uni)
- T.R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn Bhd ~ Llewelyn Davies Yeang (Royaume - Uni)
- Hijjas Kasturi Associates Sdn. (Malaysia)
- RSP Architects Sdn Bhd ~ Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP (USA)
- Veritas Architects Sdn Bhd ~ Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (USA)
- Pakatan Reka Arkitek Sdn Bhd ~ COX Architecture (Australia)
- DP Architects Sdn Bhd ~ REX Architecture P.C (USA)
- Aqidea Architects Sdn Bhd ~ Coop Himmelb (L) AU (Autriche) et Meinhardt (M) Sdn Bhd
- Kumpulan Senireka Sdn Bhd ~ Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) - (Denmark)
- Arkitek KDI Sdn Bhd ~ Bates Smart Pty Ltd (Australia)
- GSD Architect In collaboration ~ Arquitectonica (USA)

Design Competition

PAM Centre, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
PAM, through PAM Education Fund (PEF), decided in October 2010 to purchase a two and four storey building on Jalan Tanduk, Bangsar, with the intention of developing it as an architect-driven centre for contemporary arts in the same spirit as the National Art Gallery, and Museum of Modern Arts (MOMA), in their formation days. The transaction for the property was concluded in March 2011.

With the original intention of completing the development and opening the Centre during the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival, PAM Council has decided to submit the proposal for the Development Order and Building Plan Approval based on the collaborative design with input from voluntary members and a team of consultants on pro bono basis. The DO Approval Ref. (23) dlm.DBKL.JPRB. 3386/2011 was issued on 3 Oct 2011 and Building Plan Approval Ref. (33) dlm. BP S1 OSC 2011 0776 was issued on 28 October 2011.

The original submission was made by Ar Boon Che Wee in his capacity as PAM President and on behalf of PAM. This will now be assumed by Ar Dr Tan Loke Mun of DrTANLM Architect as Consultant Architect and nominated by PAM Council in line with the impending amendment to the Architects Act 1967 in this regard. Work done by the first architect will be paid and letters of release to be issued to enable the winning architect to be appointed to continue with the project once the results are announced.

As a result of the notice given by DBKL to PAM to move out of PAM Centre by June 2012, PAM Council has decided to change the Design Brief to accommodate a new PAM Centre and Centre of Architecture. To this end, PAM will be launching an architectural design competition to engage members' input in this historical undertaking by PAM with the intention of commissioning the author of the winning design to undertake the project, in accordance with the LAM Condition of Engagement and Scale of Minimum Fees Rules, as decided in the PAM AGM held on 20 August 2011.

The current team of consultants will be novated to the winning architect to undertake the project, in accordance with their respective condition of engagement and scale of fees.

ATSA Submission was selected as one over 55 submission that was shortlisted [view our submission]
Under Construction

Rahsia Estates, Resort Residences and Spa, Langkawi, Kedah


Manipal International University, Nilai, Negeri Sembilan

The 1st green university in Malaysia that is aiming to be LEED Standard Platinum Accreditation certified.

Aerial View

Engineering works in progress - west side

Engineering works in progress - east side

'M' entrance facing courtyard

Central courtyard

Central courtyard

Partly 'M' entrance

Police Contingent Headquarters, Kuala Lumpur (Ibupejabat Kontijen Polis, Kuala Lumpur)

View From Jalan Pudu

View From Jalan Bukit Bintang

View From Bus Station
Recent Travels (Courtesy from Azim)
City of Makkah

Al-Masjid al-Haram, "The Sacred Mosque" is the largest mosque in the world. Located in the city of Mecca (Makkah), it surrounds the Kaaba, the place which Muslims worldwide turn towards while performing daily prayers and is Islam's holiest place. The mosque is also known as the Grand Mosque.

Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, Medina

Since September 2010, a total of 250 umbrellas, each one with a surface area of 25.5 x 25.5 m and 15 meters high, have been installed in the area surrounding the mosque in Medina al-Munawwarah. These umbrellas work together to form a shaded area of 143,000 m2 - greater than the floor area of the mosque itself. When closed, each umbrella - including its working parts - is encased in a narrow, elegant column. The opening and closing procedure only takes three minutes. The outcome of this combination: by shading with PTFE fabric, the ambient temperature is reduced by at least 8 °C.
Hotel In Makkah - Proposed Development of 22 Storey Hotel by ATSA Architects

Ground Floor Plan (Option 1)

Perspective View

Perspective View

Ground Floor Plan (Option 2)
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