ARCHITECTURE | INTERIORS
Project: Starhill Gallery | Architects: Sparch | Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Compleated: 1996
Starhill Gallery is perhaps Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic shopping mall, featuring an extraordinary array of luxury shops and fine dining restaurants. Sparch’s design proposal dealt with the reinvention of the existing facade of Starhill Gallery facing Bukit Bintang. This reinvention of Starhill Gallery is designed by Stephen Pimbley, founding director of Sparch and the architect behind Singapore’s hugely popular Clarke Quay.
Stephen says, “Unlike many street-facing malls in Kuala Lumpur, our new facade for Starhill Gallery is firmly engaged with the public realm 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.”
Sparch’s lightweight steel, stone and glass facade is the first of their kind in Malaysia that embraces cutting-edge facade technology from the French engineer RFR, the team that delivered the Pyramid at the Paris Louvre.
Starhill Gallery’s new crystalline facade and the Sephora pavilion have effectively established an iconic new identity for Starhill Gallery, affirming its position as the foremost destination for luxury shopping in Southeast Asia.