Concrete Metal Glass: Hijjas Kasturi Associates, Selected Works, 1977-2007


Hijjas Kasturi Associates has been one of the leading architectural practices in Malaysia for over thirty years, designing some of the nation’s most iconic buildings. Tabung Haji, Menara Telekom and the Securities Commission are some of Kuala Lumpur’s modern architectural highlights, reflecting the firm’s sensitivity to social and environmental concerns and its successful integration of art with technology.

With the launch of Concrete Metal Glass on 30 November 2006, a definitive record of Hijjas Kasturi Associates’ most important work is now available. The practice’s institutional and commercial buildings, for which it is best known, are covered in detail. Other works, too, are showcased, including unbuilt works for Malaysia and overseas, particularly the Middle East.

All featured projects are illustrated with stunning full-colour photographs, many of them published for the first time, and with architectural drawings. Absorbing descriptions reveal the vision behind the design of each project and the challenges that arose as part of the business of making quality buildings.

Concrete Metal Glass is both an authoritative account of an eminent practice, and an illuminating account of the process of building design in a rapidly evolving architectural environment. Author Paul McGillick traces the evolution of the practice and of its work, revealing a shift over time in the choice of construction materials as the book’s title suggests. Profiles of founder Hijjas Kasturi and of the firm’s director, Serina Hijjas, offer additional insights into the ethos and direction of the firm.

Hardcover: 188 pages
Publisher: Didier Millet, Csi (December 20, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9814155284
ISBN-13: 978-9814155281
Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.8 x 11.7 inches

Paul McGillick, author of Concrete Metal Glass, holds a PhD in drama and a Master of Architecture, reflecting two parallel streams of interest. In recent years, however, he has published extensively on architecture and design. He is editor of the prominent Australian magazine Indesign, and recent books include a study of Australian architect Alex Popov, Sydney Architecture, and 25 Tropical Houses in Singapore and Malaysia.

Hijjas Kasturi Associates was founded in 1977. It began by developing designs that reconciled contemporary space and function with a modern aesthetic quality in relation to forms and images of the past. The practice’s recent designs still draw from traditional ideas, but are evolving towards organic form and detail that can exploit construction systems for new solutions. The firm has diversified considerably in recent years, including significant involvement in the development of Putrajaya and projects in the Middle East where the firm is becoming increasingly active.

The practice has won many awards for its work including that for the Kuching Civic Centre by the Association of Engineers, California, USA (1989); ASEAN Award (1990), in recognition of work in the visual arts (architecture), the 12th Tokyo Creation Award by the Tokyo Fashion Association, Japan (1998) and the Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (Malaysian Institute of Architects) 2000 Excellence Award for the Securities Commission Building, Kuala Lumpur. In 2001, founder Hijjas Kasturi received the PAM Gold Medal Award from the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) and in 2005 an honorary PhD in Architecture from Universiti Malaya for his remarkable contributions to the architecture of Malaysia, to its discourse and to nation building.



Contact Ms Ho on 03 2142 0495 to order a copy and pay by cheque to:

Hijjas Kasturi Associates Sdn.
23rd Floor Menara KH
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur.

Postage free within Malaysia.