The Art of Architecture


World-renowned architecture exhibition by Foster + Partners  debuts in Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur

(From L to R) Dato Mohammad Medan Abdullah, Senior General Manager of Group Corporate Affairs Division, PETRONAS, Tony Collingridge OBE, Director, UK Trade and Investment Malaysia, David Nelson, Senior Partner & Head of Design, Foster + Partners and Rosli A. Rahim, Director, GALERI PETRONAS sharing their views about the architectural wonders of Universiti Teknologi Petronas

Galeri Petronas, in collaboration with Foster + Partners, recently launched an exhibition entitled The Art of Architecture. It is the first major exhibition of the studio’s work to be held in Malaysia and follows critically acclaimed recent shows in Hong Kong and Shanghai. This signature exhibition will run from 7 March to 12 May 2013 and showcases modern concepts of architecture where form follows functions with consideration in values of culture and sustainability. The Director of UK Trade & Investment Malaysia, Mr. Tony Collingridge OBE, officiated the event.

Galeri Petronas is the first art institution to host this exhibition in South East Asia where it carries the 49 monumental structures and architecture landmarks by Foster + Partners. Arranged around the themes of infrastructure, high-rise, urban design, history and culture – all within the context of a sustainable agenda – the works on display highlight the incredible diversity of the practice’s work.

One of the works showcased is the scale model of Universiti Teknologi Petronas’ academic complex, which received the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007. The building was noted for having attained the highest standards of architectural excellence while reflecting the values of their specific environment and was cited as being an “inspiring structure for progressive education”.

Models from the History and Culture themed section

Other models on display are a number of new projects underway in Malaysia including Arcoris Mont’ Kiara and IB Tower, a 58-storey tower in the heart of Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Among other works on display are the original models and sketches for high-profile completed buildings such as the Beijing International Airport, the Millau Viaduct in France, Hearst Tower in New York, Swiss Re headquarters in London and the latest design for the eco-city at Masdar, Abu Dhabi.

Dato Mohammad Medan Abdullah, Senior General Manager of Group Corporate Affairs Division, PETRONAS said: “At GALERI PETRONAS, we are privileged to hold such a prestigious exhibition which not only represents PETRONAS’ continuous effort in supporting, creating and promoting accessible platforms of expressions for the Malaysian art fraternity, but also creatively promotes the development of architecture.”

Galeri Petronas, in collaboration with Foster + Partners showcases two iconic Malaysian projects – IB Tower in Kuala Lumpur and a three-tower luxury condominium, The Troika

Staging the show at Galeri Petronas, the exhibition plays an important role in educating developers and practitioners on the need to facilitate sustainable designs as environmental and culture sustainability and increasingly becoming mainstream concerns.

“Sustainability has been a central theme of Foster + Partners work for more than 40 years. We believe that the best architecture comes from finding a balance between old and new, whether that means retrofitting existing cities or creating sustainable new communities. Through The Art of Architecture, we hope this will provide an opportunity and offers a window to Malaysians, the architecture fraternity, interior and landscape designers, to experience the current wave of architecture in the 21st century that highlights the importance of sustainable architecture,” said David Nelson, Senior Partner and Head of Design, Foster + Partners.

Visitors can learn more about the integrated design process, in which architects, engineers and specialist in-house teams work closely alongside each other; the principles of sustainability that underpin every project; as well as the use of different tools and technology. Members of the public can visit the exhibition held at Galeri Petronas which is located at Level 3, Suria KLCC, Tuesdays to Sundays between 10 am and 8 pm; closed on Mondays. Admission is free.