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.
Visualisation of the project. Set within the beautiful and dramatic landscape , the 450-hectare campus site is characterised by tropical jungle, undulating terrain and lake by flooding disused mines.
A pedestrianised main deck echoes the geometry of the overhead canopy and links the academic building with the chancellor complex and the student facilities, further integrating the individual buildings into one complex.
The design responds to both climate and physical landscape. A soaring crescent-form roof covers the pedestrian routes that wind around the edge of the site, providing protection from the sun and heavy downpours.
An approach was taken to minimise the impact of the development on the existing environment by maintaining and incorporating the existing topography. The aim was to remove no more than 30 per cent of existing sit vegetation where cutting was unavoidable.