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 and 2003 at a cost of RM600mil. Since October 2004, the Putrajaya Convention Centre is officially known as Putrajaya International Convention Centre or PICC to reflect the state of the art conference facilities at par with other international conference centre such as in London, Tokyo and Paris. The name change, which was perceived necessary as a marketing strategy and to internationalize Putrajaya, was first mooted by Dato Shafiq Abdullah, Deputy Under Secretary, Prime Minister’s Department and endorsed by Dato Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, former Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Besides hosting the 10th Conference of Organization of Islamic Countries, PICC also became one of the most favoured conference venue for high security risk events, hosted by the government or private sector. PICC has had many important guests including foreign head of states and heads of government, important corporate personalities such as the world’s richest man, Bill Gates. Due to its strategic location on the top of the hill in Putrajaya and facing beautiful lakes, it has also become one of most popular places and “hot” sites for film shootings especially for commercial advertisements. Despite these, the PICC is heavily under-utilised and it may take 300 years to recoup its original cost, excluding maintenance fees.
The design idea of this unique and impressive building is based on the shape of the eye of ‘pending perak’ (a silver Malay royal belt buckle). However, the structure of the roof was designed similar to a folded origami to alleviate the plain roundness of the structure. From the frontal view, the building’s eaves or wings are lifted at the sides, creating broad overhanging over the raking wall. Most of the walls are made of glass, so natural sunlight can easily illuminate the auditorium through the raked and shaded windows.