Innovative top-lit building designs in Putrajaya and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Nila Inangda, S. P. Rao, Nik Lukman Nik Ibrahim

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Abstract

Malaysia is located close to the equator and hence is subjected to a very harsh, hot and humid climate. One of the features of the equatorial climate is the excessive solar radiation intensities coupled with heavy rainfall during the afternoons and abundant daylight. Over the past few years there is a rising consciousness of the importance of the use of daylighting in buildings in Malaysia. Top-lit architectural designs have emerged into a new variety of forms in order to improve daylight distribution in the interiors. This can be seen in some of the recently built projects such as the Federal Territory Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Alamanda Shopping Mall, and Precinct 8 Market in Putrajaya. Innovations can be seen in terms of special utilisation of daylight-reflective instruments as well as strategic and layered designs of apertures. The Federal Territory Mosque has been successful in bringing adequate daylight into spaces adjacent to the main prayer hall via specially designed reflective apparatus and dome design. Alamanda Mall and Precinct 8 Market, on the other hand are effectively solely lit during daytime by means of strategic placement and design of roof apertures. This paper highlights the innovative daylighting design features of these buildings as well as presenting daylight levels achievable in the interiors. Analysis of these buildings indicates that successful daylighting strategies for buildings in this region rely greatly on reflected daylight.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication22nd International Conference, PLEA 2005: Passive and Low Energy Architecture - Environmental Sustainability: The Challenge of Awareness in Developing Societies, Proceedings
Pages491-495
Number of pages5
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event22nd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, PLEA 2005 - Beirut
Duration: 13 Nov 200516 Nov 2005

Other

Other22nd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, PLEA 2005
CityBeirut
Period13/11/0516/11/05

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Daylighting
Shopping centers
Interiors (building)
Architectural design
Domes
Solar radiation
Roofs
Rain
Innovation

Keywords

  • Day lighting
  • Innovative design
  • Reflected light
  • Top-lighting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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Inangda, N., Rao, S. P., & Nik Ibrahim, N. L. (2005). Innovative top-lit building designs in Putrajaya and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 22nd International Conference, PLEA 2005: Passive and Low Energy Architecture - Environmental Sustainability: The Challenge of Awareness in Developing Societies, Proceedings (Vol. 1, pp. 491-495)

Innovative top-lit building designs in Putrajaya and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. / Inangda, Nila; Rao, S. P.; Nik Ibrahim, Nik Lukman.

22nd International Conference, PLEA 2005: Passive and Low Energy Architecture - Environmental Sustainability: The Challenge of Awareness in Developing Societies, Proceedings. Vol. 1 2005. p. 491-495.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Inangda, N, Rao, SP & Nik Ibrahim, NL 2005, Innovative top-lit building designs in Putrajaya and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. in 22nd International Conference, PLEA 2005: Passive and Low Energy Architecture - Environmental Sustainability: The Challenge of Awareness in Developing Societies, Proceedings. vol. 1, pp. 491-495, 22nd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, PLEA 2005, Beirut, 13/11/05.
Inangda N, Rao SP, Nik Ibrahim NL. Innovative top-lit building designs in Putrajaya and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 22nd International Conference, PLEA 2005: Passive and Low Energy Architecture - Environmental Sustainability: The Challenge of Awareness in Developing Societies, Proceedings. Vol. 1. 2005. p. 491-495
Inangda, Nila ; Rao, S. P. ; Nik Ibrahim, Nik Lukman. / Innovative top-lit building designs in Putrajaya and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 22nd International Conference, PLEA 2005: Passive and Low Energy Architecture - Environmental Sustainability: The Challenge of Awareness in Developing Societies, Proceedings. Vol. 1 2005. pp. 491-495
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