Calling A Spade A Spade ?

Sometime in 1970s, on a visit to my relatives in KL, two iconic buildings caught my attention, namely the Parliament House and, Wisma Angkasapuri.    The simple elegance exuded by the geometric orderliness of the facades had (and still have) a curious attraction for me.

Wisma Angkasapuri really struck me — I asked my uncle who was driving us, “Why do they put up so many spades on the outside walls ?”  Well, according to the architects, “the shield-like form at the facade was inspired by the shell of a horseshoe crab….” oh ya ke ?

Perhaps the architects were asked to convey an unspoken message, that messages beamed from this tower would be truthful, calling a spade a spade, 296 times over — no craps, or crabs, horseshoe type or otherwise !  Hear ! Hear !

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