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University of Technology Petronas

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  • Award Cycle:
    Status:
    Recipient
    Location:
    Tronoh, Malaysia
    Client:
    Institute of Technology Petronas
    Architect:
    Foster + Partners
    Size:
    85'000 m²
    Completed:
    2005

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Petronas University of Technology blends academic training with hands-on experience to produce graduates who will contribute to Malaysias 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.