Ride # 1: 02 January 2019

The first ride on 2019 was from where Brian lives to Putrajaya and back.

Putrajaya is the federal administrative centre of Malaysia.  The seat of government was shifted in 1999 from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya.  Kuala Lumpur had by then become overcrowded and congested because of rapid urban development.  Things haven’t improved since.

Architects and city planners started with a completely blank canvas devoid of any other structures.  A series of lakes were created and some amazing buildings went up.

This is the home of the Putrajaya Corporation, the local authority which administers the Federal Territory of Putrajaya.

This is the Ministry of Finance.

This is the Palace of Justice.

This is the International Convention Centre.

And this is the Malaysia Energy Commission.

It was an overcast day.  Excellent for cycling, but not so good for a cloud photograph.

8 response to "Ride # 1: 02 January 2019"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: January 2, 2019

    Very interesting buildings. I forget there is a 100 day (or however many one wants to count) challenge here as well.
    Looks like you had a great ride. To take a photo of your map do you do a ‘screen save’ on you phone and then post from your photos?

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: January 3, 2019

      Hi Nancy. I use an app called Screenshot on an Apple Mac to capture the part of the map that I want. It works like a “Screen Save” but I can crop the image before I save it rather than having to edit the photo after it has been saved.

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: January 2, 2019

    Fantastic architecture! This makes my little hamlet look like it’s full of nothing but hovels! 🙂

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: January 3, 2019

      I like your little hamlet Bill.
      But “yes” Putrajaya was built from the ground up to impress.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 3, 2019

    Totally agree with Bill — that architecture is exquisite!

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: January 3, 2019

    Very attractive and impressive facilities. Though I would be more impressed if the energy commission (in its very aggressive-looking building) had solar panels on the roof 😉

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: January 3, 2019

      Hi Em. I had to look it up:

      Renewable Energy. A 244 kBtu (71.4 kW) thin film telluride module type photovoltaic (PV) installation consisting of 1,112 rooftop panels provides 10% of the building’s energy needs. The generated energy is now connected to the national utility’s grid.
      The panels have generated a monthly average of 28,320 kBtu (8,300 kWh) and 341,200 kBtu (100,000 kWh) annually.

      More on the Diamond Building:
      http://www.hpbmagazine.org/attachments/article/11746/13F-Malaysia-Energy-Commission-Headquarters-Putrajaya-Malaysia.pdf

      • By: The Navigator Posted: January 6, 2019

        Very cool. I’m surprised the system only produces 10 percent of the energy needs though. Especially at your latitude. Probably too much for my little brain to ponder though 🙂

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