*스타힐 갤러리 [ Spark ] Starhill Gallery


말레이시아 쿠알라룸푸르의 럭셔리 쇼핑몰을 대표하는 스타힐 갤러리의 파사드

디자인의 직간적접인 표현 방식은 도시를 투영하는 다양한 면들의 조합으로 이루어 집니다.

기존 거리에 면한 상가들을 감싸는 새로운 파사드는 솔리드와 투명의 연속적인 퍼즐조각 같은

패턴 구성으로 마치 고대 그리스와 로마시대의 조각상을 표현하는 웻 드레퍼레이와 같이 내부공간을

은유적이며 직설적인 방법으로 외부로 표출시킵니다.

그것은 자의적인 디자인 해석이라기 보다 내부 공간와 도시가 만나는 경계

다양한 뷰포인트에서 잘라, 덧붙임으로써 나타나게 됩니다.

-wet drapery

마치 물에 젖은 것처럼 몸에 착 달라 붙어 그 안에 몸매를 드러내는 듯하게

조각상을 조각하는 기법을 이야기 합니다.

여성의 나체를 직간접적으로 표현하는 기법으로 이해하면 될 듯 싶네요.-

그렇게 스타힐 갤러리를 표현하는 파사드는 현대적이며 클래식한 파사드

도시의 새로운 랜드마크로 정의됩니다.


reviewed by SJ

Starhill Gallery is perhaps Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic shopping mall, featuring an extraordinary array of luxury shops and fine dining restaurants. Spark’s design proposal dealt with the reinvention of the existing façade of Starhill Gallery facing Bukit Bintang. This reinvention of Starhill Gallery is designed by Stephen Pimbley, founding director of Spark and the architect behind Singapore’s hugely popular Clarke Quay.



Architects: Spark | http://www.sparkarchitects.com/
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Principal Architect: Stephen Pimbley
Project Architect: Michael Gibert
Team: Darmaganda, Kim-Lee Tan, Sevena Lee, Wenhui Lim
Local Architect: A. Mariadass Architect
Lighting Designer: Snfor Sdn Bhd
Structural Consultant: RFR Shanghai
Main Contractor: Syarikat Pembenaan Yeoh Tiong Lay Sdn Bhd (SPYTL)
M&E: Syarikat Pembenaan Yeoh Tiong Lay Sdn Bhd (SPYTL)

Building Area: 2,000 sqm
Design Period: April 2009 to August 2010
Construction Period: September 2010 to July 2011

Spark’s design has opened up the façade which provides a lot of visual interest via a continuous shop front that wraps the existing building in a crystalline skin of glass and stone panels. The new façade resembles the “wet drapery” of the ancient statues of Greece and Rome, and the beautifully crafted gowns on sale inside Starhill Gallery. The fractured variation of solidity and transparency transforms the street façade of the existing building entirely, giving it a new contemporary classic identity that stands out amongst the quick-fix, ubiquitous shopping mall façades of many of Starhill Gallery’s neighbours.

Spark’s lightweight steel, stone and glass façade is the first of their kind in Malaysia that embraces cutting-edge façade technology from the French engineer RFR, the team that delivered the Pyramid at the Paris Louvre.

Spark replaced the café at the entrance of Starhill Gallery with an iconic triple height shopping pavilion for the French luxury retailer LVMH and their cosmetics brand Sephora.


Sephora is, in turn, connected to Starhill via a first floor bridge that pierces the new crystalline façade. Spark, together with YTL, has deliberately crafted a complex building envelope using only the best materials that resonate with the importance of the building’s position and contribution to the streetscape of Kuala Lumpur. The synergy with high quality of the brands/products, as well as special visitor experience inside Starhill Gallery is undeniable.

Starhill Gallery’s new crystalline façade 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.


Spark is an international design studio with proven expertise in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and interior design. Having successfully completed award-winning projects across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Spark continues to create buildings and environments that inspire, informing and transforming public spaces. Its work strives to employ the best sustainable practices, is driven by social inclusion and underpinned by financial viability. Spark works closely with clients to create projects that combine innovation and environmental responsibility alongside commercial success for their local economies. Spark’s completed work includes Clarke Quay in Singapore, Raffles City in Beijing, Starhill Gallery in Kuala Lumpur and the Shanghai International Cruise Terminal.

Led by five directors; Jan Clostermann, John Curran, Max Titchmarsh, Stephen Pimbley and Sven Steiner; Spark’s international expertise is fused with local talent embracing 16 nationalities across offices in London, Beijing, Shanghai, and Singapore.



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