Starhill Gallery Mall's Wow-Factor Facelift
International architectural practice Spark Asia has reworked the façade of Kuala Lumpar’s Starhill Gallery luxury shopping mall, with serious impact in mind. Packing a major visual punch, the new eye-catching, multi-faceted design has been created with the vision of establishing the mall as the foremost luxury retail destination in Southeast Asia.
The brand new street-facing façade wraps the luxury stores and dining venues within the mall in a crystalline second-skin like structure of glass and stone panels – all in stark contrast with the otherwise conservative shop fronts of its neighbouring stores.
The first of its kind in Malaysia, the lightweight steel, stone and glass façade was created in collaboration with French engineering specialists RFR, best-known for the creation of the glass pyramids at the Louvre museum in Paris. According to the architects, the aim was to incorporate the finest materials and most cutting-edge construction techniques to reflect the high-quality brands and products found within.
As part of the redesign, Spark also transformed a former café at the entrance of the mall into a shopping pavilion for French luxury retail group LVMH’s Sephora cosmetics brand. The new Sephora Pavilion is attached to the main shopping centre via a footbridge, which pierces through the crystalline façade.