Malaysia’s Menara Binjai wins Dubai Cityscape Award

Living case update:

Menara Binjai clinched the Best Sustainable Development Award (Built) at the Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets 2012 in Dubai early October, becoming the first Malaysian building to gain this honour. 


(photo credit: Veritas Architects)

It beat two other finalists to win the sustainability award – the UAE Pavilion in Abu Dhabi by Tourism Development & Investment Corporation and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) by MASDAR, both designed by Foster + Partners of the UK.

Menara Binjai was designed by Malaysian firm Veritas Architects and completed in July 2012. New tenants, including the British High Commission, have already begun moving in. The tower saves up to 25% on electricity consumption via energy-efficient features and materials used in construction.

“This award is extremely meaningful and a stamp of approval of the tower’s outstanding sustainability, as a market leader in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region. Competing and winning against outstanding developments adds to the satisfaction of this acknowledgement,” said Chua Guan-Hock, a director of the developer, Khor Joo Saik Sdn Bhd.

The 35-storey office tower, located beside the Ampang light rail transit (LRT) station, was also the country’s first dedicated office tower to receive dual green certification – Malaysia’s Green Building Index (GBI) Design Assessment and a Green Mark Gold certification (Provisional) by Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA).

“We started this project seven years ago when awareness of sustainable and eco‐friendly design was in its early days and even before the advent of the GBI green rating system in Malaysia,” said Lillian Tay, the project’s architect and senior principal at Veritas. She adds that, being passionate about designing buildings for the future, the firm’s architects work at promoting sustainable design principles in its projects.

Cityscape Awards reward excellence and celebrate outstanding performance in real estate and architectural design across emerging markets globally, which includes Asia Pacific (excluding Japan, New Zealand and Australia), Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Africa and Latin America. Every year, Cityscape receives hundreds of entries to its Awards events in Asia, Qatar, Egypt, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and Latin America, each of which are automatically entered into the global Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets.

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