Sultan Abdul Samad Building
The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is one of Kuala Lumpur's iconic landmarks, apart from the Petronas Twin Towers, that is.
Located on Jalan Raja and in front of Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square), this building was used to house government departments during the British Colonial period in Malaya. Today it houses the Supreme and High Courts of Malaysia.
Construction of this historical building began in 1893 and was completed in 1897. It was constructed with red brick and invitation stone dressing with a tiled roof. The exposed red brick with the white-plaster-lined arches and striped courses became known as the blood and bandages style.
The first plans were drawn up by R.A.J. Bidwell under the supervision of the state architect, A.C. Norman. However, their plans which were based on classical Renaissance style was not suitable for the humid climate and environment of Kuala Lumpur. As a result, the Moorish style--a mixture of European function and Islamic form--was selected for the exterior of the building. This style was later adopted for the design of most public buildings in Kuala Lumpur built in the period that followed.
On important occasions like National Day and festive seasons, the Sultan Abdul Samad building is decorated with colourful lights, which accentuates its unique architecture.