CEREMONY OF PLACE. Located along the main boulevard in Putrajaya, the Treasury 2 Building was envisaged as a complement to the existing Ministry of Finance, and Income Tax Office within this new government administrative centre. Conceived as a mirror image of MOF, it adopts a monolithic linear form to define the eastern edge of the Vision Square Boulevard and to reinforce the prominence of MOF, one of the few nodes that punctuates the main axis of the boulevard.
The 8 -storey building houses a number of facilities including a multipurpose hall, prayer rooms, conference room and cafeteria. Most of the common areas are located on the lower three floors with access from varying street levels. The VIP drop-off level corresponds to the Boulevard access road’s level. The shaded colonnade mediates between the outside and the inside, and forms a friendly pedestrian path around the building.
Façade elements include spray-painted pre-cast concrete panels, bronze-tinted glazed walls and aluminium- clad arches atop a base of local granite. The austere solidity of the façade sets an interesting contrast to the intricately patterned horizontal and vertical aluminium sunscreens, whilst the main entrances are animated by patterns of light and shadows cast by the framing.
The columns are of conventional reinforced concrete at 8.4 metres spacing in both directions. Lateral stability is provided by a combination of reinforced concrete core walls and column-beam frame action. Shallow beams and slabs were used to accommodate M&E services and achieve the minimum ceiling height requirement of 2.75 metres.
The building completes the composition of the Ministry complex in this location and provides a suitably eloquent event along the ceremonial axis that is the boulevard.