Magnificent Public Buildings of Putrajaya – The Working Enclave Part 2

Palace of Justice Nestled between the Government and public buildings, the Palace of Justice or Istana Kehakiman in Malay is the home of the Malaysian Court of Appeal and Federal Court. Both courts were housed in the iconic Moorish Sultan Abdul Samad building in Kuala Lumpur and was officially moved to Putrajaya in the year of 2000. The Palace of Justice’s design incorporates influences of Islamic culture like the Taj Mahal in India, Moorish culture, like the Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Kuala Lumpur and Western culture, like Palladian. There is a large central atrium around which the various rooms are arranged. The Library is located on the ground floor, with the hearing rooms of both the Federal and Appeal Courts located on the first floor. The Registries and offices of the Appeal and Federal Courts are on the second and third floors respectively, with the chambers of the Appeal and Federal Court Judges on the fourth and fifth floor. Ministry of Finance The Ministry of Finance is the imposing building complex housing the Malaysian Ministry of Finance. It is located opposite the Boulevard and Dataran Wawasan in Precinct 2 (north of the Core island) of Putrajaya. The Ministry of Finance (MoF) comprises the Royal Customs and Excise Department, Department of Valuation and Property Services, Department of the National Accountant of Malaysia, Inland Revenue Board, Securities Commission, and National Bank of Malaysia. Putrajaya International Convention Centre Putrajaya International Convention Centre or PICC is the main convention centre in Putrajaya, Malaysia. This building is located on the top of Taman Puncak Selatan in Precinct 5. It was constructed between 2000...

Anjung Floria Hosted The Time Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya

  Hosting the Time Ironman 70.3 for the second time on April 5, 2015, Putrajaya as the federal administrative capital was the ideal location for such event with its extensive wide roads, pedestrian walkways complimented by the breathtaking panoramic backdrop of the city. The race, which started at 7.15 am, had more than 1,300 world class pro athletes from 55 countries all over the world to participate in the challenge with the theme ‘Race in Putrajaya, The Intelligent Garden City’.   Malaysia has conquered the majority of the international participants, followed by Singapore in which 64% of the participations were a line up of international athletes. As compared to the first Time Ironman 70.3 in 2014, the number of Malaysian triathletes had rapidly increased. With a new venue setting for the year 2015, the race has taken place at Anjung Floria in Precint 4, Putrajaya. The venue allowed the participants and supporters to enjoy the landscape setting of Royal Floria Putrajaya Flower and Garden Festival along with stunning green decor and artistically distinctive Seri Saujana Bridge as the background view for the swimming competition. The total distance of 70.3 miles (113 km) for the entire race explains the name of Ironman 70.3 series which begins with 1.9 km of swimming, 90 km of cycling, and ends with 21 km of running competition.   The world champion of five-time Ironman, Australian Craig Alexander who was excited to be returning to Malaysia as the official ambassador was topped off by Italian Domenico Passuello with 3’58:16, with the Men’s title of the 2015 Time Ironman 70.3. With 4’09.38, Alexander came in second...

Magnificent Public Buildings of Putrajaya – The Working Enclave Part 1

Without realising it, over the years Putrajaya has become the epicentre of great architectures with majestic buildings and aesthetic monuments that cannot be missed for a first time visitor. Even for a seasoned traveller, the majestic buildings of Putrajaya continue to awe. These days, Putrajaya wears many crowns from the spacious and wide boulevards inundated with flowering plants to the scenic view of the Putrajaya Lake and Putra Mosque that have become the luminous landmarks of the city to the functional and aesthetic public buildings that are dotted along the Persiaran Perdana. Just beside the great mosque, Putra Mosque and Putrajaya Lake, stands the Perdana Putra, a six-storey natural stone-clad complex in Precinct 1 that houses the offices of the Malaysian Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, the Chief Secretary, Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Office and top Government officials. It is known as PMO as in the Prime Minister’s Office. The distinctive feature of the Perdana Putra is the huge green onion-bulbous dome that resembles the dome of the Madinatul Munawarah or the Prophet Muhammad’s Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia. With the combination of Islamic Mogul architecture with tinges of Malay heritage, Perdana Putra is also seen as a replica of Zahir Mosque in Alor Setar, Kedah Seri Perdana Complex, the official residence for the present and future Prime Ministers of Malaysia, consists of three blocks that entail the banquet, reception and residential block. On many occasions, Seri Perdana is used for official banquets and receptions of which the main reception and banquet block are open to the public for guided tours. As for the residential block, it is...

Majestic Palaces – Landmarks of the Throne

Driving through the maze of roads in Putrajaya, you can’t help but notice there are places that you can snap a picture perfect photograph but you are NOT allowed to step into the compounds of these stately buildings to visit. These are not merely your public buildings, they are palaces fit for Kings and Queens and members of the royal households in Malaysia. Unless you are bestowed with a title from the King or Sultans (State Rulers) or you are invited to royal banquet or an event that involves the Royalty, you should consider yourself very lucky. But consider yourself lucky as you can still witness the great towering buildings of such that are made for public viewing in this country. In some countries, the palaces are built inside an estate and the only thing you can see is the princely gates to the palace. In Malaysia, palaces are built on hilltops or on a flatter land that can be seen by the royal subjects as they drive through the highways or the public roads. The Istana Negara or the National Palace can be seen as you drive along the NKVE highway. Similarly in Putrajaya, you do not have to take out your binoculars to see the Sultan Selangor’s palace. Istana Darul Ehsan The Sultan Selangor’s palace in Precinct 8 or officially known as Istana Darul Ehsan (Darul Ehsan Palace) stands majestically on the fringes of Putrajaya Lake. The palace was handed over to the Selangor Sultan, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, after it finished construction on November 20, 2000. Source: commons.wikimedia.org It symbolizes the appreciation from Malaysia’s Federal Government...

The Straddling Snaking Bridges of Putrajaya Part 2

The Straddling Snaking Bridges of Putrajaya – Connecting Lives and Livelihood Part 2   Seri Gemilang Bridge Meanwhile the Seri Gemilang Bridge has the span of 240 meters and it is considered as a ceremonial bridge. Seri Gemilang Bridge serves as the main entrance to the inner city and more importantly it is the main link between the Core Island (Presint 4) and Presint 5.   This bridge is located at the southern end of the Persiaran Perdana. It is an exquisite landmark in Putrajaya serving as the main entrance to the Core Island from the south for motorists and pedestrians. The bridge is made at a main span of 120m long and two spans 60m at each end making a total length of 240m. There are dual three lane carriageways of total 10.5m each comprising of 3 x 3.5m width for the lanes. The deck level varies from RL 34m at abutment to RL 36.75m at centre of the bridge. It has two distinctive towers and specially-designed lamp elements dotting the bridge. The special features of the bridge include balusters fabricated from precast stone, specially designed lamp posts, and distinctly designed towers.   Seri Bestari Bridge Finally, the Seri Bestari Bridge, also known as Jambatan Seri Bestari, is a large bridge in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The eastern end of the bridge starts in Precinct 16 and the western end starts near Wisma Putra on Core Island.The bridge has a total length of 152.6 meters with a main span of 60 meters.   The bridge spans the lake and the promenades, connecting Presint 16 at the eastern side and Wisma...

The Straddling Snaking Bridges of Putrajaya Part 1

The Straddling Snaking Bridges of Putrajaya – Connecting Lives and Livelihood Part 1 One of the most fascinating things about Putrajaya is its stylised bridges with its own unique aesthetic and functional design. Bridges in Putrajaya have become a scenic place for tourists and photographers especially wedding photographers who will be seen clicking away with brides and grooms posing on the bridges. The bridges in Putrajaya have similarities in functions like many connecting bridges in Sydney or New York, as they are important installations. They do not only bridge vehicles transporting wares or people to commute to their workplace, they bridge our daily need supply of inspirations in making our society and civilizations a worthwhile experience. Currently, there are eight bridges in Putrajaya that snake through and straddle across many areas especially between the core island and the areas of residential, government offices and commercial. Seri Saujana Bridge Seri Saujana Bridge or Jambatan Seri Saujana is the link between the Core Island (Presint 4) and Presint 7. Seri Saujana Bridge is strategically located at the main entrance into the Core Island from the south via the upgraded B15 road and KL-KLIA highway.   It is a new concept of the cable-stayed Arch bridge. The bridge is controlled by the principal design parameters to reflect a transparent elegant and futuristic slender looking structure, with an overall single span of 300m and total width of 32m. There are dual three lane carriageways. The deck level varies from RL 35.25m at abutment to RL 35m at centre of the bridge. It is a new concept of the cable-stayed arch bridge. The bridge...

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