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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

12 teams in second round of KLIFD tower design contest

KUALA LUMPUR: The 1Malaysia Development Bhd and Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) have shortlisted 12 architecture teams for the second round of the Kuala Lumpur International Financial District (KLIFD) Signature Tower Design competition.

1MDB Real Estate chief executive officer Datuk Azmar Talib said the teams comprised collaborations of top and global architects.

"Our aim is to attract collaboration of local and global talents to reap cutting edge innovation and creativity on a global level for the Signature Tower," he said.

Meanwhile, PAM president Saifuddin Ahmad said they will ensure the subsequent stages of the competition continue to be conducted in a rigorous and transparent manner, mirroring 1MDB's own stringent procedures."

Among the criteria for the selection are the organisations' capabilities, experiences of firm or firms in collaboration and similar related past and current projects, especially on signature and landmark towers.

In a press statement released yesterday, it said the selected teams were informed on April 9 and have started working on their next submissions due on May 24.

From the 12 teams, a nine-member international jury will pick five winning teams to proceed to the third and the final stage.

Among the 12 teams selected include GDP Architects Sdn Bhd in collaboration with Foster+Partners Ltd, the UK, T.R Hamzah & Yeang Sdn Bhd in collaboration with Llewelyn Davies Yeang, the UK, and Hijjas Kasturi Associates Sdn Bhd.

By Business Times

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