The new CIMB headquarter Menara Bumiputera-Commerce at the intersection of Jalan Raya Laut and  Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman. (Photo: Flickr/Janggoth)

The new CIMB headquarter Menara Bumiputera-Commerce at the intersection of Jalan Raya Laut and Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman. (Photo: Flickr/Janggoth)

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, Wednesday opened the 39-storey Menara Bumiputra-Commerce at the intersection of Jalan Raja Laut and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

Present were the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Nur Zahirah, and Datuk Bandar of Kuala Lumpur Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail.

The Menara Bumiputra-Commerce will serve as the headquarters for commercial banking, franchises of CIMB Group, CIMB Bank and CIMB Islamic.

” The building located on a one hectare site was chosen partly to preserve the bank’s historical link to the area,” CIMB Group chief executive Datuk Seri Nazir Razak said in his speech.

Construction work began in October 2004 and ended in early 2009.

Its architecture is inspired by the geometrical shape of the exotic tropical ” Heliconia Caribaea” plant and is intended to be distinctively identifiable by its unique structural form.

A key feature of the building’s decor is the widespread use of contemporary Malaysian arts and crafts, a reflection of CIMB’s identity of being progressive.

Nazir also said a key highlight would be the “Songket Wall”, the focal point of the building’s main reception area.

Specially commissioned by the Royal Terengganu Songket, the Songket Wall was unveiled by the Raja Permaisuri Agong.

— BERNAMA