University of Technology Petronas - Aga Khan Award for Architecture
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University of Technology Petronas

University of Technology Petronas

Location: Tronoh, Malaysia (South-East Asia)
Architect: Foster + Partners
Client: Institute of Technology Petronas
Completed: 2004
Site size: 85'000 m²

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University of Technology Petronas Project Brief

Petronas University of Technology blends academic training with hands-on experience to produce graduates who will contribute to Malaysia’s industrial development. The design of the campus, akin to a town-planning project, brings together several medium-scale buildings: four-storey blocks for teaching and research, cafes and communal facilities, and a drum-like building containing a library and 3'000-seat multipurpose hall. Soaring crescent-shaped canopies - protection against strong solar radiation and heavy monsoon rains - cover the winding pedestrian routes that connect all the buildings. The exteriors are clad in locally sourced ceramic tiles, the interior cladding is formed by woven silk panels.

2007 Award Recipients