Global City Center

Penang, Malaysia
Asymptote's design for the new PGCC complex incorporates two iconic, sixty-story luxury residential towers onto a plynth that houses a five-star hotel, the new Penang Performing Arts Center (PenPAC), a high-end retail and entertainment complex,
a new convention center and a vast new public space that serves as a public forecourt to the PGCC.
Design Concept
The PGCC development is designed to be an included in the more ambitious and grand master plan for the entire Northern Corridor of Malaysia, thereby helping create a new exciting and forward-looking image for the City of Penang.
Set against a lush natural backdrop of the Penang hills, the architectural concept aims to reconcile contemporary urban forms with the adjacent natural landscape.
Phlinth and Towers
The PGCC's large commercial plinth is a platform for its two iconic towers and accommodates a variety of public spaces that overlook the city connect to the upper level programs including the performing arts center, convention center, hotel, residences
and office space.
The PGCC towers are unique architecturally in that they are horizontal as well as vertical elements: horizontal structures span across the upper surfaces of the plinth and transition to vertical towers that rise up to create a dynamic composition with the nature reserve of Penang Hill as lush green backdrop.
The distinct patterns achieved by the louver system created by utilizing a high performance louver system and though there delicate interweaving and use of arabesque like geometries achieve a local flavor culturally. This articulation not only is environmentally responcive but gives the towers and plynth a unique identity while contributing to the environmental performance of the buildings. Combined with the towers' twisting, these unique glass fa├žades create optical effects that vary depending on one's viewpoint and amplify the dynamic iconic quality of the PGCC's architecture.
Project Information
Date: 2006 - 2008

Size: 100,000 sqm

Location: Penang, Malaysia

Design Team:

Architect: Asymptote Architecture

Design: Hani Rashid, Lise Anne Couture

Project Director: Theo Sarantoglou Lalis, Jill Leckner

Design Team Phase I:

Fernando Velasco, Laura Trevino, Erick Carcamo, Marcia Akermann,
Alex Pincus, Adrienne Broadbear

Design Team Phase II:
Erick Carcamo, Brian Deluna, Sophie Luger, Ariane Stracke, Chris Ziegler

Assistants: Jong Kouk Kim, Karen Lee, Kristin Willey, Natalia Ibanez Lario

Client: Abad naluri Sdn. bhd.


Structural Engineer: Arup New York, Hong Kong

MEP Engineer: ARUP New York

Environmental Designers: Atelier Ten New York

Cladding Consultant: Front, Inc. New York