In a previous article I mentioned the two types of towers- pedestal to tower and tower on pedestal. This tower by Zaha Hadid Architects is neither. The Sunrise Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is all tower, baby. All function is incorporated within the monolithic towering form. Monolith however, alludes to multitude by way of two voids running up the body.

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The building is composed of flows, independent from one another, that delineate the building into different programmatic elements. Facilities floors, which are shared, further break up the building while connecting its occupants. These floors along with a three dimensional spatial grid, act together to create an intelligible navigation scheme for lobbies, atria and common spaces. Out of this grows a 66 floor building that is concise while skirting the stigma of the mundane, efficient tower.

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