Architectural creativity in Malaysia is thriving. Although I have no qualification in architecture, I always love to see all the creativity poured into the architecture of any building. In fact, one of the reasons why I love to travel is to admire the beauty of several buildings exist in the world.
Take Thailand for example. With the wats all over the country plus old antique wats at several ancient cities, the beauty of the place lies at the architectural design of the wats. In Malaysia, since I joined #TSBreakaway program organised by Tourism Selangor last year, one of my favourite places to admire architectural beauty is at Empire Damansara.
Empire Damansara is actually an office tower which also includes shops for F&Bs as well as the latest performing arts spots in the Klang Valley, the Damansara Performing Arts Centre or DPAC. I have seen several shows at DPAC and having the latest PAC in Damansara is very convenient for me who is staying in Shah Alam.
As for Empire Damansara itself, what makes it stand out from other buildings is the fact that it uses bare bricks instead of normal plaster to cover the bricks. Apart from that, it has a courtyard which has umbrellas [it was changed to tanglungs during the recent Chinese New Year] and it is a good spot for shutter-addicted people to test their photography skills.
Every time I go to Empire Damansara, it provides me the ‘mood’ where it feels good. Although I don’t owned a sophisticated camera, it was fun to snap several photos even with my mobile phone.
So, if you have a hand in photography, test your skills at Empire Damansara. If you want to visit a latest place with ‘new’ ambiance, have a go at Empire Damansara. If you love architecture or study architecture, a visit here is worth it as I believe you will gain something from your visit. Lastly, if you love performing arts, DPAC is one of the must-go places to catch and support arts, without costing an arm and a leg!
Empire Damansara is located at Damansara Perdana, which is near to Malaysia’s first IKEA store. To go to Empire Damansara by car, take the LDP Expressway and exit at Damansara Perdana exit. By public transport, it is recommended to take the Kelana Jaya Line LRT from KL Sentral to Taman Paramount Station or University Station, and then take a public cab. Taxi fare is around RM 11-RM 15.
Another option is to take Rapid KL bus No. U88 at KL Sentral to IPC Shopping Centre (Persiaran Surian) or formerly known as Ikano Power Centre. Then, change to bus U86 to Damansara Perdana.