Miri City Hall 

Malaysia

Property developers Perdana ParkCity Sdn Bhd approached Wilson Architects to participate in a limited design competition for Miri City Council's new City Hall in their Marina ParkCity development. Wilson Architects have been selected as preferred Foreign Design Architect ahead of a large Australian firm and two Singapore-based international firms.

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Miri is the second largest city in Sarawak on the island of Borneo in Malaysia. With a population of 350,000, it is the government administrative centre of Miri District in Miri Division. Malaysia's petroleum industry was founded in Miri and is still a key economic driver for the city, along with timber, oil palm production and tourism. Miri is the main tourist gateway for Loagan Bunut, Lambir, Niah and Gunung Mulu National parks, the latter popular for its world-famous Sarawak Chamber.

Marina ParkCity is a landmark project that is set to be one of the largest master-planned townships and first-of-its-kind in Miri, Sarawak. Sprawling across 550 acres, it is phased for development over the next 15 years and will emerge as an extension to the existing Miri city. Marina ParkCity is a first-rate integrated township that is built based on sustainable development principles. It embodies New Urbanism, an urban design movement which promotes walkable neighborhoods and integrates components of modern life: workplace, commercial and retail, housing, leisure and entertainment. Upon completion, the township will accommodate a population of 35,000. (source: http://www.samling.com/property.php)

Miri City Hall stands as a key civic building in this city extension, located on a prominent waterfront site at the end of a substantial civic parkland axis. The new building will house all Miri City Council government functions including community interface, administration, council chambers, councillor offices and mayoral suite. It also includes large-scale public gathering spaces including an ocean-front auditorium, civic verandah and outdoor treed amphitheater.

Wilson Architect's successful proposal sought a connection to place by overlaying climate-specific design strategies, cultural links and historical references to provide a memorable civic heart to the Marina ParkCity precinct. 

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STATS

Type
Design Competition, unbuilt

Timeline
2013 - 2015

Project Value
AUD $9,500,000

Key Personnel
Hamilton Wilson, 
Shaun Purcell

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