Kuala Lumpur Mega Malls



Nov '12 - Jan '13

  • Sunway Pyramid

    By tonystefan
    Jan 31, '13 9:45 AM EST

    Some subtle essence of Las Vegas has made its way to Kuala Lumpur via the Sunway Pyramid. This project is a world within a world-- a family-friendly destination for recreation, shopping and adventure. It's a resort with a mega-mall attached; a water park with an Egyptian theme; an internalized environment well outside of the urban core. It has its own freeway exit. There are 2 or 3 hotels here, a water park, amusement park, a mega-mall, condominium tower, all internally interconnected and extending to the Sunway University Campus across the valley. Its prominence is geologic in scale.

    The mega-mall itself encloses a large rectangular promenade, with a themed atrium at each vertex. The peripatetic wayfarer that braves this institution, making a circuit through all four vertices would have walked over 1000 feet. A complete examination of each of the mall's five floors would have our wayfarer bear witness to at least one mile of retail on each flank.

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  • Pavilion

    By tonystefan
    Jan 28, '13 2:57 PM EST

    Pavilion is situated in the heart of downtown Kuala Lumpur. It may actually  have become its heart. All of the international designer houses are here, set like jewels within a promenade of marble and glass. The renowned below-grade food court offers an abundance of in-your-face... View full entry

  • Solaris Mont Kiara

    By tonystefan
    Jan 24, '13 10:28 AM EST

    This might be the project that inspired this blog. My first experiences of this mega-mall were as a passenger in a car. Solaris Mont Kiara is positioned along the arc of a freeway, on top of a hill. The sheer length of the development coupled with its prominence make it unmissable: driving by it... View full entry

  • The Gardens

    By tonystefan
    Dec 20, '12 11:30 PM EST

    The Gardens is a very recent entry into the increasingly upmarket development mix. It comprises the second half of Mid-Valley City, sharing an urban island with the Mid-Valley Mega Mall ( The two mega-malls are connected with an... View full entry

  • Kuala Lumpur City Center

    By tonystefan
    Dec 19, '12 8:09 AM EST

    Much of the world recognizes these towers in profile, if not in name. While most people would call this the Petronas Towers, locals call it KLCC - the Kuala Lumpur City Center. The Kuala Lumpur City Center boasted the tallest skycrapers in the world for a short while, but their eclipse by taller... View full entry

  • Mid Valley Mega Mall

    By tonystefan
    Dec 16, '12 10:42 PM EST

    I always have to work to get my images, but sometimes I have to push boundaries--those of propriety and of private property. Here is a brief story about how I didn't get my photo of Mid Valley Mega Mall. My goal in each of these posts is to produce a photo that captures these mega malls in a... View full entry

  • Sunway Putra Mall

    By tonystefan
    Dec 14, '12 4:59 AM EST

    This mega-structure, built in 1987, was the first major mall in Kuala Lumpur. At that time, and for years after, it was simply called The Mall. The Sunway Putra Mall comprises a central atrium with undulating glass roof, 5 stories of retail above grade, 1 story of retail below grade, and another... View full entry

  • Berjaya Times Square

    By tonystefan
    Dec 11, '12 8:30 AM EST

    This mega-structure is one of the main centers of urban life in Kuala Lumpur. It is a popular, bustling urban destination. You can read about the extraordinary statistics of Berjaya Times Square at the Wikipedia entry ( The theme park that is... View full entry

  • Axis Atrium

    By tonystefan
    Dec 7, '12 5:03 AM EST

    This mega mall is located within a residential district called Ampang, and is within walking distance to a metro station. I wanted to begin my documentation project ( simply, and the metro station near this project is only one stop down the... View full entry

  • Introduction

    By tonystefan
    Nov 27, '12 10:57 PM EST

    If you spend any time with friends or family in Kuala Lumpur, you will spend a lot of it in shopping malls, with much greater frequency than you might be accustomed.  I generally avoid shopping malls back home, and if I have an option for a local shop or downtown purveyor, I'll choose that... View full entry

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