15 Mar 24

TNB Platinum Headquarters, a “true people’s project”

The new campus headquarters for Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Malaysia’s largest electric utility company, is a triumph of sustainability, innovation and persistence.

Project planning for the complex in Kuala Lumpur’s southern CBD started in 2014.

It was built through COVID-19 and completed in 2022, achieving GBI Platinum certification for its consistently sustainable architecture.

Passive design moves to mitigate the intense tropical heat include green-roofed buildings (complemented by electricity generating solar panels), low-E double-glazed façades and deep balcony overhangs for shading.

“Personifying articulation and function are the project’s signature brise soleil; a Woods Bagot design of V-shaped perforated aluminium panels that line each overhang and extend shading capacity,” wrote Niza Musa in Designandarchitecture.com.

The development covers 166,000 sqm and is based on a competition-winning concept design by Woods Bagot with Malaysian practice Neuformation Architects.

There are four office blocks progressively stepping down from the 19-storey peak, each connected to the one next to it by large glass boxes.

Home to 3000 staff, TNB Platinum Headquarters also features a convention centre.

Bringing it all together is a lushly landscaped central plaza.

Noorleza Abd Jalil, head of Property Services Department at TNB Global Business Solutions, told Architureanddesign.com that building through COVD-19 presented challenges, but outcome could not have been better.

“It is a different environment, a new way of working here at TNB Platinum,” he said.

“It engenders pride among our staff, and I am personally grateful to the company in creating these facilities where we together can grow and develop for the future.

“This isn’t just an office, it’s our new home, and a true people’s project.”

“This isn’t just an office, it’s our new home, and a true people’s project.”

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