Spark: Starhill Gallery

Spark Architects design a lightweight steel, stone and glass shopping mall façade, creating a new landmark in the neighbourhood.

Architecture studio Spark has recently redesigned the façade of the Starhill Gallery, one of Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic luxury shopping malls. The project was coordinated by director Stephen Pimbley, and focused on the shopping mall's façade facing Bukit Bintang.


“Unlike many street-facing malls in Kuala Lumpur, our new façade for Starhill Gallery is firmly engaged with the public realm”, Pimbley says, “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.”

Top and above: Spark, Starhill Gallery façade redesign, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2011
The architects have opened up the façade, seeking to create a continuous shop front that wraps the existing building in a crystalline skin of glass and stone panels. The fractured variation of solidity and transparency transforms the street façade of the existing building, giving it a new identity that stands out amongst the ubiquitous shopping mall façades of many of Starhill Gallery’s neighbours.
Spark, Starhill Gallery façade redesign, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2011
Spark: Starhill Gallery
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Architects: Spark
Principal Architect: Stephan Pimbley
Project Architect: Michael Gibert
Team: Darmaganda, Kim-Lee Tan, Sevena Lee, Wenhui Lim
Local Architect: A.Mariadass Architect
Lightning Designer: Snfor Sdn Bhd
Structural Consultant: RFR Shanghai
Main Contractor: Syarikat Pembenaan Yeoh Tiong Lay Sdn Bhd (SPYTL)
Building Area: 2,000 square metres
Completion: 2011
Spark, Starhill Gallery façade redesign, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2011

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