Kompleks Pejabat Damansara, Jalan Dungun, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur

Architects : Veritas Architects Sdn Bhd

Nestled along Jalan Semantan, Kompleks Pejabat Damansara (KPD) is a low-rise, five identical blocks of government office enclave built in early 1970’s surrounded by lush greens. This first program to repurpose Block A into 5th Place as signature 4-storey boutique retail capitalizes on adjacence to MRT Station and street plaza before an ample esplanade of raw concrete. Surgical interventions are rationalized over a streamlined budget, including a volumetric steel and glass box with curtain wall elements, and double volume atrium carved within the lower floors exposing the existing raw structural frames that defines wayfinding and retail connectivity to upper floors. (100 words) The former concrete and vent-block fence is removed creating a new plaza, a social space surrendered to the public. A volumetric steel and glass box creates a focal point at the plaza, with double-height curtain wall elements allowing natural environment to permeate, and the new retail activities to be seen from outside. Terraces and canopies are added around the building, creating outdoor dining spaces and appealing wanderers. The façade is tidied-up and the roof simplified, giving to the building a fresher and more contemporary look. Shops, restaurants and cafes revolve around the atrium as the new center of gravity. The void creates a new sense of openness and establishes a visual connection between floors, encouraging guests to visit the upper floors. The interiors are left bare and clean with terrazzo, exposed concrete and services. The color accents are left to the wayfinding and the fit-out of the 15 boutique tenants.

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