LADA H E A D Q U A R T E R S
Kuah, Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman.
The Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) is a federal government authority that oversees the development of the prime tourist island of Langkawi.
It is located on a prime site overlooking the Lagenda Garden, the harbour and the sea beyond.
As a municipal building, the U-shape layout with a plaza in between provides welcoming gesture. It is intended, at plaza level, the development would be a one-stop tourist centre that houses amenities such as a 300-seater amphitheatre, souvenir shops, restaurants, an exhibition gallery and a food court under the plaza. Ample car and bus parkings are also provided close to this plaza.
The architecture language chosen i.e. Malaysian Post Modern is in harmony with LADA's role as a government authority.
The problem of roofing a tower block is overcome by creating staggered roofs.
The symmetrical façade and the clock tower are references to municipal buildings architecture of classical Europe.
The 10-storey building houses a 300-seater auditorium, seminar rooms, an exhibition hall, government offices, a large conference facilities, basement carparks and the Dataran Budaya (i.e. the Plaza and its associated facilities).
The building has now become the landmark to the sea approach of Langkawi akin to an Egyptian sphinx stretching its arm welcoming visitors to the Legend island of Langkawi.