The Pod, Petaling Jaya Commercial City

 

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In end of March this year, PJCC Development Sdn Bhd has launched The Pod, an on-site sales office and showroom gallery for its ongoing integrated commercial hub project, Petaling Jaya Commercial City (PJCC).

The Pod has clearly able to represent the whole development as something unique, iconic, futuristic and symbolic.

 

The Design

Designed by Studio Nicoletti Associati (of Italy) and Hijjas Kasturi Associates Sdn Bhd, water droplets were the inspiration for The Pod. The idea is to create a dynamic spherical form resulting in a primitive building archetype with a modern twist.

The Pod stands out the most when viewed from the sky. The building appears to be sliced diagonally into a series of ribbons, its shape formed in a series of elliptical sections of variable widths and heights.

The structure is fabricated from tubular steel members with the exterior made of reflective aluminium panels. Its exterior colour shades also changes depending on the reflection of the sun.

The Pod has a floor size of 7,500 sq ft. It is divided into two parts internally. One zone is dedicated to the corporate office area while the other zone is main showroom and sales gallery.

 

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The Construction

The Pod took about 12 months to construct (from conception to completion) and it wasn’t cheap (however actual cost was not revealed).

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The Property Development

Located along the New Pantai Expressway (NPE), PJCC is being developed in multiple phases over a period of 10 years. Construction began in 2006.

Its first phase comprises 750,000 sq ft of shop offices. By year end, PJCC will launch a 13-storey corporate tower, a 380-rooms four-star hotel and a block of 180 units of serviced apartments.

 

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For more info on PJCC, click the developer’s mainpage.

Images courtesy of e-architect.co.uk

 

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