The Dayabumi building is known as Kompleks Dayabumi (Dayabumi Complex) and is one of the most recognized buildings in Malaysia. Before the Petronas Twin Towers, Dayabumi has been used in stamps and tourist catalogues to symbolize Malaysia, especially with the Islamic arches on both the top and bottom parts of the structure.
Located along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, this building is owned and operated by the KLCC Properties Holdings Berhad, a subsidiary of Petronas Group which owns the Petronas Twin Towers as well.
Arkitek MAA and BEP Akitek formed the joint-venture firm BEP+MAA to design Dayabumi which was constructed by Japanese firm Kumagai Gumi Malaysia that started in 1982 and was subsequently completed 2 years later. It has 35 floors and at the height of 515 feet, it is not as tall as many other skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur but has a design that stands out among the rest.
Dayabumi houses many corporations and offices and its snow-white walls pasted along its modern Islamic motif make it an icon in itself. It has the pattern of 8-pointed stars and against the backdrop of other icons around here like the National Mosque, the old Railway Station, Central Market and Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Dayabumi stands on its own with equal reputation.