Gallery: Sustainable Towers in Malaysia by Studio Nicoletti Associati


Malaysia is no stranger to iconic buildings. Two of the tallest buildings in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers, are located in Kuala Lumpur, the country’s capital. So it comes as no surprise to us that a stunning new residential development is planned for the Putrajaya waterfront known as Precinct 4, just 30km south of Kuala Lumpur. The design, however, is a refreshing and original with unique, marine-inspired structures – which also draw from traditional Islamic designs – arranged in a permeable, radiating block of bioclimatic architecture.

The winner of a recent contest, the design for Precinct 4 comes from Studio Nicoletti Associati and Malaysian architects Hijjas Kasturi Associates, who provided the masterplan of Putrajaya. The goal of the designers was to provide a model for sustainable residential design that was inspired by the city’s unique landscape which includes an expansive artificial lake. The biggest inspiration came from the sea and the entire development resembles a fleet of ships.

The architect’s goal was to design buildings that tell “of its place of origin which is culturally modern, Islamic and tropical in nature.” Added to this is Nicoletti’s extensive experience in design and construction for extreme climates. For Precinct 4, the Italian firm brought sustainable strategies like terraces, sunshades, natural ventilation and integrated green space into the design. The buildings will source from alternative energy and are expected to produce 50% less CO2 emissions than similar residential projects.

+ The Fleet of Putrajaya
+ Studio Nicoletti Associati


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  1. Chris Middleton Leeds D... February 17, 2013 at 5:53 am

    This is an amazing concept. When is the completion of this project due.

  2. Hastuti_ftsp August 6, 2008 at 5:10 am

    Huuuh…..very fantastic and attractive. I love it….

  3. Khaos April 17, 2008 at 1:46 am

    The idea sounds great.
    But I hope they use energy saving electrical appliance too. Like 6 star rating washing machine, fridge etc..
    Support recycling of materials etc etc.
    Plus I hope the residents uses low emission vehicles, instead of old 5 year old diesel trucks that spew out black smog.

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  6. wassago2000 April 4, 2008 at 8:25 am

    This artificial opinion on land from malesia… Incredible.

    But so ground organization for buildings, no don’t like it.
    Somethings wrong from organization buildings…

  7. wassago2000 April 4, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Where am i?

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  9. learethak March 30, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Interesting yes, and I love the green aspect of it.

    Original… well there is a striking resemblance between them and the Tijabaou Cultural Center.

    But If I recall the curved structures in Tijabaou were a front wall and didn\\\\\\\’t continue all the way around the building.

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  11. chanzhanwei March 28, 2008 at 11:50 am

    The idea sounds wonderful.

    But I hope they also consider using 6-star electrical appliance too
    For example, water-saving washing machine, fridge, air-condition etc etc
    And I also hope that they start have a recycling center and support the use of electric / hybrid / low emission vehicles.

    Otherwise all the environmental benifits will be negated.
    Dont mean to be negative, but after nearly 30 years in Malaysia, the low environmental impact sounds only lip service to me

  12. chanzhanwei March 28, 2008 at 11:45 am

    The idea sounds great.
    But I hope they use energy saving electrical appliance too. Like 6 star rating washing machine, fridge etc..
    Support recycling of materials etc etc.
    Plus I hope the residents uses low emission vehicles, instead of old 5 year old diesel trucks that spew out black smog.

  13. March 27, 2008 at 9:48 am

    What in my mind makes this buildings stand out, outside of the green aspect of design is the way it reflects cultural heritage of its location. Too many developments around the world even though striking in design, have a tendency of following the same established norm. It’s nice to see something that reflects unique aspects of a culture when traveling abroad, or even across the state lines. Often we are presented with the same looking chain restaurants, stores, plazas that make you question why you even traveled in the first place.

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  17. Kate Andrews March 26, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Beautiful find Jorge!

  18. M2JL March 26, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    It\’s beautiful. I love the organic shape and how the light pass through the building. Very inspiring.

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