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Went to ARCHIDEX 2014 on its last day today.

Posted in Awesome Buildings, Structures, Skylines or Architecture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2014 by vincentloy

The 15th International Architecture, Interior Design and Building Exhibition (ARCHIDEX) 2014 took place at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (usual spot every year) this year from 25th to 28th June. Organized together with the exhibition are the DATUM Design Conference, Eco-Building Exhibition, some forums and also a newly held congress themed ‘Rejuvenation’. This is the annual event I have been continuously attending, and this is my fourth time visiting the exhibition.

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So, I’m quite familiar with what I shall do in the exhibition; going around all the booths in the exhibition halls and getting all brochures and catalogues, and if possible, together with goodie bags and some free gifts like pens or note books. It has also been made easier for me to enter as I do not need to complete any registration as I already received express tag earlier. This year, I think there are more companies involved in the event, and hence the greater number of booths and also bigger areas of halls covered for the exhibition. Here’s the official website of the exhibition: http://www.archidex.com.my/.

As usual, there are booths promoting doors, windows, glass, hardwares, softwares, outdoor and indoor elements, tiles, finishing, wood, roofing, paints, sanitary fittings, books, and all the other related products or technologies related to architecture, interior design, building construction and engineering fields. Me and my colleague were getting tired as time passes as we took more and more bags and brochures. Now, I’m taking some time to read through those catalogues we have taken and to check on which ones are interesting. However, the most delighted thing would still be the free gifts we can find from those bags.

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We spent about two hours for the exhibition. Hmm…many booth’s staff approached to us trying to brief us on their products but we just don’t have time for most of them. Sorry…Lastly, we also managed to glance through some of the presentation works (finalists of some kind of architecture competitions) displayed outside several exhibition halls before leaving. Then, only after that, we thought of going for movie ‘Transformers 4′ (just out yesterday) at Suria KLCC. You can check out my movie review of that particular film in my previous post. And for all that, the worst thing is that I have spent RM30 alone for the parking fee. That’s shockingly high and unreasonable. I’m not like parking my car there for whole day!

On the other hand, tomorrow marks the beginning of Ramadhan, the fasting month for the Muslims before celebrating Hari Raya. Here, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all Muslims (particularly my Malay friends and colleagues) a wonderful Ramadhan! Raya is coming soon….

Around KLCC again spotting construction progress of new buildings.

Posted in Awesome Buildings, Structures, Skylines or Architecture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2014 by vincentloy

Since I was there watching a movie in Suria KLCC shopping mall yesterday, it just gave me a good opportunity to just easily walk out of the mall and enjoy the view of Kuala Lumpur’s city centre and its surrounding. This allowed me to check on some new buildings under construction now around the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, which still stand today as the world’s tallest twin buildings.

First of all is the Le Nouvel. It is a twin tower comprising of a 49-storey and a 43-storey residential buildings connected by a skybridge. It is located besides K Residence and also Petronas Twin Towers across Jalan Ampang. Very strategic location. It is designed by a famous French architect; Jean Nouvel whom had won Pritzker Prize in 2008 (highest architecture honor). Le Nouvel are now topped out and I guess the highest tower should have reached above 200 metres. I was curious why there isn’t any official height data of this twin residential buildings on the internet. The interesting parts of this project are the skybridge (reminiscent of the Petronas Twin Towers’ one) and also the facade treatment. I was quite in shock looking at the original rendering of the buildings that shown them covered up with excessive vertical landscaping. It would makes the building horrible especially when no proper maintenance is done. Looking from the buildings now that are almost completed (very fast construction pace), I guessed those random white boxes are the planters. Hope it will beautifies the buildings rather than turning it ugly. A simple narrow and tall rectangular cube structure can be nice too once interesting treatment is given to its facades. Shown below is the Le Nouvel besides the K Residence (202m).

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Next is the Ilham Baru Tower. This can be considered a tall skyscraper since it has 64 floors and is projected to be built with a height of 298 metres (nearing 300m mark). It is designed by famous English architect, Norman Foster (awarded Pritzker Prize too in 1999) and is located near Citibank Tower and The Troika Tower (also designed by Norman Foster). Its sheer size and impressive height makes it clearly visible from far even when it is not topping out yet now. Should be topping out by third quarter of the year. Shown below is the Ilham Baru Tower behind the Troika Towers (Malaysia’s current highest residential building at 204m).

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Next is the Naza Towers (twin towers again). The Tower 1 (highest) would have 50 floors with the height of 273 metres including the spire. The shorter tower (38 floors) will be owned by Lembaga Tabung Haji. This project is located at Platinum Park, near Felda Tower and Binjai Residences. It is designed by local architecture firm; RSP Architects. The three projects mentioned above are all scheduled to be completed next year. Shown below in the background is the Naza Towers behind the Binjai Residences and besides the Felda Tower (216m) on the left. Also in the image at the front is the construction site of Four Seasons Place (refer next paragraph).

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Last spotted construction (very hard to see this actually because there isn’t any structure rising yet but it is so near to KLCC); Four Seasons Place. It is a 65-storey building comprises of apartments and a hotel. Once completed, it would reach the height of 343m. That’s a tall skyscraper coming soon to dominate its surrounding skyline along with Petronas Twin Towers. After going through several design revision in several years, its construction finally commenced last year. It was once another twin buildings with weird design but then fortunately, it is now converted to a single structure with better design. Very slow progress and nothing rising up yet from the ground. It is scheduled to be completed in 2017. Long wait to go.

Overall view from KLCC Park:

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A visit to this place is never complete without taking this picture (452m tall Petronas Twin Towers and 267m tall Petronas Tower 3 on the left):

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Conclusion: KL still has a lot of space for more buildings to enhance the skyline, but the question is; do we need more office space as it is only a small city of about 2 million population?

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KLCC and its surrounding.

Posted in Awesome Buildings, Structures, Skylines or Architecture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2013 by vincentloy

Yesterday I went to Suria KLCC, which is one of the malls I least visited in Kuala Lumpur. Reason? Expensive parking fees and not many good places to dine in the mall as compared to other nearby malls particularly in Bukit Bintang region like Pavilion KL and Berjaya Times Square. Besides than having a dinner, watching a movie, and reading architecture books at Kinokuniya bookstore, I also took the very seldom opportunity I have to walk around Petronas Twin Towers and its surrounding.

Why? That’s my favourite part. I got to observe the many cluster of buildings nearby there and analyse their design. Sounds so professional. Haha…It’s just my interest to look at buildings since architecture has been part of my life for several years already. Have you checked out my previous blog’s post here that Petronas Twin Towers are no doubt one of the world’s most famous landmarks (perhaps in top 20). Many people would love to see it, and I got to see it everyday since it’s only few kilometres away from my home. But we, locals, usually seldom take pictures of things we see in common here.

That’s not the case for me yesterday. I observed quite a wonderful surrounding of the KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) region with skyscrapers and parks and so I took some photographs, acting like I was one of the tourists. There are quite a number of new buildings constructed surrounding KLCC especially luxurious apartment buildings and some other buildings in construction which made the built environment a bit much denser which is good as a sign of the city developing. Nevertheless, the KLCC park still remains as a vital green ‘heart’ of the capital city. Enjoy the breathtaking pictures I took yesterday;

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(View from KLCC Park – you can see Citibank Tower, Troika Tower (current tallest residential building in Malaysia designed by Norman Foster), PNB Tower, The Oval Residence, and newly-built Felda Tower)

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(View from KLCC Park to the newly-built Petronas Tower 3, Petronas Twin Towers which are former world’s tallest buildings and still the current world’s tallest twin buildings, and Maxis Tower)

 

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The one that got my attention the most during the short walk-around I had yesterday is a surprisingly quick construction of a twin residential buildings right besides the Petronas Twin Towers and the K Residence Tower (as shown in last image above). After a further research of the project, I found out that the twin-tower complex is designed by famous foreign architect, Jean Nouvel and both the towers are going to be 49 and 43 storeys high respectively. The two towers are now rising tall to be the new companion of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. I’m also glad that there are more and more involvement of famous international architects into new projects here in Kuala Lumpur.

(The images in this post are my own property. Kindly acknowledge me and reference it if you wish to re-use one or all of the images on other sites.) 

Construction update: One World Trade Center topped out!

Posted in Breathtaking News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2013 by vincentloy

On May 10th, 2013 (that’s few days ago), the One World Trade Center officially topped out to its final height of 541 metres or 1776 feet. The figure (1776) is in reference to the year of American independence, hence making the height of the this iconic tower very symbolic to the nation. Construction started in 2006 after all the clearing works had been completed on the site where the 911 tragedy struck that brought down the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 2001.

One World Trade Center, or famously known as Freedom Tower, is designed by David Childs from Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. It is to contain 104 floors of office space with a three-storey observation deck occupying the top portion of the tower alongside with mechanical levels which will goes up to 110th floor,  in another symbolic reference to the 110 stories of the original Twin Towers. Its roof stood at a height of 417 metres, which resembles the roof height of the former Twin Towers too.

The building has a square foot base, nearly identical to the footprint of the original Twin Towers, and from the 20th floor upwards, the square edges of the tower’s cubic base are chamfered back, transforming the building’s shape into eight tall isosceles triangles, or an elongated square antiprism. Near its middle, the tower forms a perfect octagon in-plan, and then culminates in a glass parapet whose shape is a square oriented 45 degrees from the base. A 408-foot (124 m) sculpted mast containing the broadcasting antenna – designed in a collaboration with lighting designers and engineers – is secured by a system of cables, and rises from a circular support ring. At night, an intense beam of light will be projected above the spire into the sky above.

Like I said before, on 10th May 2013, the final component of the spire was installed atop the skyscraper, making 1WTC the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third tallest building in the world by pinnacle height. Now, let’s take a look at the current progress of the building’s construction from these very recently taken images from the others. The building is now at its final stage of construction, and is expected to be completed before end of this year.

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The elevation of the tower looks very similar to Shanghai World Financial Center as you can see from the last image above. Previously, there was a change in the design of the tower at its base and on its spire even when it is already under construction at the time of the revision. But the part that affects my impression to the tower is its spire’s design now. Previously, there should be a glass radome below the spire which gently acts as a beautiful transition from the massive building block to the thin and slim pinnacle above. Now, that is omitted, and it leaves the building in quite an awkward feeling. The fully glass-clad building that ends ‘suddenly’ with a long spire. Ehh…Luckily, the circular ring at the roof is still there. I’m looking forward to the lighting design to the tower. Hmm…this building looks massive to me, but not that impressive. Anyway, it’s a very clean, bold and symbolic tower to United States. Now, it towers above all of its neighbouring buildings in Lower Manhattan, New York City.

(Images and information in this post are from various reliable sources throughout the world wide web).

 

Just back from ARCHIDEX 2012.

Posted in Interesting Things I Encountered or Thought of with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2012 by vincentloy

You know what is ARCHIDEX? If you have read my previous post, then you would know it already. If you are an architect/ interior designer/ contractor, then you would know of this event. ARCHIDEX stands for architecture and interior design exhibition, which is held annually in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. This year, which is the 13th ARCHIDEX, over 100 booths are set up promoting various advanced industrial products useful in construction industry, accompanied with series of other events like DATUM KL (design conference) and forums.

Admission to the conference and forums requires payment, which is quite expensive for me. But then, I think the price is reasonable for the ‘rich’ architects. I went just for the exhibition along with my colleagues after registration which is very quick for me as I go for ‘architect’ section without the need to wait in long queue. Cool…extra privilege for architects! And I absolutely like that. There are several halls we need to get in for the exhibition, and we went to all of them in quite a short period of time, as my colleague needs to rush back home soon after.

There are a lot of people attending this exhibition, as today is Saturday and it is also the last day of the exhibition. Everything seems to be quite busy inside, with people promoting their products or company to the visitors, visitors asking for brochures and information, people exchanging ideas and discussion, visitors taking pictures of cool stuff visible from the booths or products, etc. What we do? We had a quick walk all around and covered many booths by taking only brochures. We had a longer stop at some booths that attracted our attention. There is even a booth that has a small pool inside with a people in there demonstrating and explaining (so it’s obvious on what the booth is promoting; pool system). I didn’t manage to take a picture of that.

Too bad, we can’t stay any longer for the exhibition, as we came by one car, and we had to go. Before we left, we saw some works (presentation panels) displayed that are awarded and shortlisted for competitions. Some are impressive. This year, there are also a display of several small-scale design models which I believe are from student works. Some are good, but some are too simple to the point that those do not deserved to be showcased over there. There must be a lot of experienced or professional architects out there looking at all that. Too bad, I didn’t join the DATUM KL conference. If I did, I would have the chance to meet Daniel Libeskind, a very famous international architect who participates on this year’s DATUM that sets the theme of ‘reflection’.

We left with not only a single bag, but several bags full of variety of brochures and some small gifts like pens. So heavy to carry. Basically, now, I have been to this exhibition twice, first time in few years ago when I was still a university’s student and this time around is my second time, as an ARCHITECT. Cool…Since this exhibition gathers people of the similar industry together and is very much beneficial to people like us who need to know more on new products and suppliers on which we can apply or use those in our design projects, and so I think starting from now, I would be going for ARCHIDEX every year.  (Image below is from http://www.asiabuilders.com.my/asiabuilders/NewsListing.aspx?ind_ctry_code=conMY)

ARCHIDEX 2012

Posted in Awesome Buildings, Structures, Skylines or Architecture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2012 by vincentloy

The annual international architecture, interior design and building exhibition is held currently at the usual place; Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Shortly and famously known as ARCHIDEX, this is the exhibition not only targeted for architects and interior designers, but also to contractors, property developers, facility managers, distributors, marketing consultants, manufacturers, store buyers, government departments and agencies, lecturers and university or college students.

(Image above is from http://www.asiabuilders.com.my/asiabuilders/NewsListing.aspx?ind_ctry_code=conMY)

For this year’s exhibition, it is going to held from 4th July 2012 (started yesterday) till 7th July 2012 (would ends this Saturday). Registration is required and the admission fee is free, open from 10am to 7pm to people of 16 years old and above. ARCHIDEX is the biggest event, congregating for the architecture, interior design and the building industry professions and industry leaders, giving them this opportune platform to keep abreast of the developments in the built environment, mingle and network with captains of the industry, besides sourcing for innovative products, designs and services.

I have been to this exhibition once few years ago when I was still a university student studying in architecture. I find the exhibition is not really that suitable for students because what is shown in the exhibition is basically more to industrial-based products. That would be much more relevant and suitable for people working in the industry, so that they can learn of new or latest advanced products useful in construction and design. Now, I am working as an architect, but my company never tell us anything about it. I think we should all go and check it out, and we might find some interesting products that can be applied or used to our future or current design projects.

Before that, I thought that this architecture exhibition would features interesting or iconic design works through presentation boards, digital projection or models. That is why I went to this exhibition few years ago as recommended from my lecturers and friends. But I was wrong. Like what I said earlier, it is all about products, from wall finishes to variety of latest designs in framing, curtain, tiles, etc. It would be good for architects to explore from this exhibition on what are the latest stuff available now that would made designs to be more interesting or high-end. There are also some conferences or talks going on these four days but I think payment is needed for that.

If I’m going to go for this ARCHIDEX 2012, then Saturday (the last day) would be the only day for me. First two days are gone, and tomorrow I have to work and that wouldn’t give me enough time to attend the exhibition. So, Saturday is the only day that provides me the time. But I’m still unsure to go or not. What’s confirmed this Saturday is that I would be going for movie, and not this exhibition.

Went to Mid Valley today to check out the Mickey Mouse exhibit and PC Fair

Posted in Interesting Things I Encountered or Thought of with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2012 by vincentloy

Today I accompanied my eldest sister and her two sons to Mid Valley Megamall to check out the Mickey Mouse exhibit and the PC Fair.My second sister suggested this and came along to fetch us. It’s super serious traffic congestion on road leading to the mall. Many planned to go to the mall today. Yesterday onwards, I started seeing people sharing images showing some Mickey Mouse exhibits displayed in the centre court of Mid Valley Megamall. It’s now the beginning of mid-year break of two weeks for kids, and the mall took this opportunity to have this Mickey Mouse collections on display to attract more visitors especially for kids enjoying their holiday. So the kids love that, and the adults love that too.

It’s also a very good idea of bringing back the icon of Mickey Mouse to this day when other cartoon characters like Angry Birds are more popular nowadays. No matter how long it is, Mickey Mouse still stays on a place in everyone’s heart. And yes, the collections’ display is very successful on attracting large number of spectators, even on this day alone when I visit the mall. Most of the people were assembled all around the centre court to view each and every display, ranging from small-sized ones placed in boxes to huge version of Mickey in the center that rotates on its own.  Many were seen taking pictures, and I’m one of them. It’s just very hard not to take out my phone to take a picture or two…and I took more than ten in the crowd. But I would just post five pictures here. Check out all these yourself when you are free.

Some displays really look very interesting, while some are not that good. Well, there are a lot of different type of appearance given to Mickey, thanks to creative design applied to this familiar icon from costumes, colours, make-up, etc. We couldn’t stand longer in that area as the crowd was really huge. Everyone is busy viewing the display, and getting ready for pictures. I think I would suffocate if I don’t leave after taking some quick photographs. It’s really a lot of people. There are also kiosks nearby selling Mickey-featured items which are suitable for kids, and so my eldest sister bought some at a very low price for her sons, my two cute nephews.

Then we had dinner in Nando’s Restaurant in which I have not been to for a very long time already. What’s disappointing is that the chicken served was too small, and we were seriously not satisfied with the amount served,…and yet the price is that expensive. Before we leave, we proceed to the PC Fair on the highest floor. Another area with huge number of people. And this time, there are a lot of promoters surrounding you and keep promoting their stuff until I find it very annoying sometimes. I know that they just do their job but I couldn’t stand being disturbed all the way…and I have to say that I had no interest to stop the interruption despite having intention to check out about it.

All the things are sold in much cheaper and affordable prices. It’s very happening there, until to the point that I can say it’s like a war zone. We went in for a round just for a while as we hate this kind of crowded situation. In the end, me and my second sister bought one USB flash drive of 8GB respectively in a very low price. And it’s waterproof. I like the design of pen drives nowadays; it looks slim, cool and fabulous. I can still remember that last time in many years ago when pen drives are not a usual stuff and is newly introduced, the cost of buying one with only 2GB is already very expensive. Now, it’s so cheap. Well, the highlight of the PC expo is the kiosk located at the main entrance selling Nokia Lumia, the latest gadget by Nokia. But people nowadays would still prefer Apple items more like Iphone or Ipad.

Insight: The Troika, Kuala Lumpur

Posted in Awesome Buildings, Structures, Skylines or Architecture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2011 by vincentloy

The Troika is currently an under-construction highrise residential project consisting of three towers of high class living units. The shorter tower consists of 38 floors (160m) , with another tower of 44 floors (177m) and the highest of 50 floors (204m) – being the tallest residential building of not only the city of Kuala Lumpur but also of the whole country, Malaysia. It is also one of the most expensive or luxurious residences projects of the city due to its close proximity to Kuala Lumpur City Centre where Petronas Twin Towers are located.

The Troika development combines apartments, offices, shops and restaurants within a single complex, with the aim of promoting a more sustainable, densely planned approach to living and working in the twenty-first century city. The twisting geometry of the three towers evolved gradually through detailed modelling analysis, their forms being sculpted to respond to the surrounding buildings and to maximise the dramatic views of the Park, the Petronas Towers and the surrounding city.

The unusual external structure consists of a number of slender concrete sheer walls, which support a series of stacked blocks that are able to rotate subtly to allow the primary living areas and balconies in each of the 230 apartments to focus on the best available view. The arrangement of the sheer walls allows a wide variety of plan sizes, and the internal organisation of the apartments is kept fluid, to facilitate individual planning options. Many areas are self-shaded by the overhang of the apartment above, which provides shelter on the balconies.  Two double-volume glass-encased bridges connecting  the towers at level 24 create a sky lobby with unrivalled views of the fast-changing skyline.

At ground level, a four-storey perimeter commercial building contains offices, shops and cafes and frames a landscaped courtyard. Entirely free from cars, the courtyard forms the heart of the development – a tranquil urban oasis. Residents enter through the courtyard via a grand entrance on Jalan Binjai Road, which leads to lift banks on individual floors that are shared by two apartments each. At roof level, the perimeter building provides a variety of recreational facilities for residents. Linked by shaded arcades, and accessible throughout the day, they add a further level of amenity to high-rise urban living.

From the computer-rendered images showing the buildings before the construction began few years ago, the buildings appear to be very distinctive and stand out among the others, probably due to the perspective for that particular view of the rendering. The buildings’ facades also appear to be very reflective and blue-ish in colour, and turn out to be very transparent and blurring the difference with the sky.

Now, the construction of the buildings almost coming to an end with all the three towers topped out not long ago. The real appearance of the buildings are not very much the same with what we can see from that rendering. The buildings now appear to be very solid and blending it with the surrounding buildings which are very close together and hence, the ‘soaring out’ of the building is not really very great, but still visible from far due to their impressive heights. The buildings now also appear to be in white, grey and black with those glass facades totally against the natural colour of the sky, and so the difference with the sky is very obvious now. How come it is so different from what it looks like in 3D rendering which is much more beautiful. Anyway, the buildings are still impressive and distinctive structures, towering above many other buildings in the city.

Do you know which architectural firm is involved in design of this project? This project is not given to local firm, but instead to a very famous international architectural firm, called as Foster and Partners, which the principal architect is the popular Norman Foster whom had won many architectural prizes including Stirling Prize and Pritzker Prize (architect’s top honour). He is also being recognized as among the most prolific Britain’s architects. That is good that famous architects from all around the world started to bring their masterpieces into built environment of Kuala Lumpur. That is a good start for the architecture of the city, especially in urbanscape.

The Troika would definitely becomes a truly majestic and luxurious place of living in the modern urban environment, looking at its architecture, its location and of course its price….It defeated the previous title holder of Malaysia’s tallest residential building, K Residence by only 2 metres which is also nearby to KLCC. The Troika Tower 3 (204m) is now among the top 10 tallest buildings of Malaysia, offering greater view above many other surrounding structures. The project had won Cityscape Best Developer Award 2008 and CNBC Asia Pacific Property Awards 2008 – 5 Star Best High Rise Residential and 5 Star Best Architecture. Can you spot the towers in the picture below?

The video below shows the virtual tour of the projects but is not original, as it is not narrated. The original version with narration which is much better can be found from its official website: http://www.troika.com.my/. Even the website of the project is just amazing. Wow…wow…wow…I want to live in there, penthouse would be much better…haha…that would costs me over RM 16 million.

References:

http://www.fosterandpartners.com/Projects/1307/Default.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Troika_(Kuala_Lumpur)

http://www.troika.com.my/

(All the pictures from this post are not mine and are obtained from world wide web)

Top 10 most expensive condominium projects in KL

Posted in Awesome Buildings, Structures, Skylines or Architecture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2011 by vincentloy

When I was on the streets of the city of Kuala Lumpur, I saw a lot of highrise developments, which are mainly of residential buildings. These projects mainly concentrated in area near Kuala Lumpur City Centre to offer a great and close view of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, the current world tallest twin buildings. Some have been completed, some are still undergoing construction while some are proposed as informed through news or internet.

I live at the suburban area of the city, means that my home is quite a distance from the city. However, when I walked on few more steps further out from my house, I can still see the skyline of the city, and even Genting Highlands. What a view….Back to the topic, I am wondering how much would I have to pay to live in a new residential building (condominium) built in the city center area now? So, I browsed through internet and I found out the list of top ten most luxurious and expensive condominim projects in KL, mainly are in close proximity to KLCC. The cheapest units available from these projects are also worth in at least RM 2 million, while the most expensive can go up to over RM 15 million. That is crazy! With that amount of money, I can but a number of bungalows outside of the city. That shows how expensive the land value is in the city center of KL, further increased with their close proximity to KLCC.

1. One KL

The first that topped the list is One KL, with the tagline of ’94 apartments, 95 swimming pools’ which clearly means that each apartment unit would have one private pool with an addition of one for all.  It is a reasonably sized residential triangular tower with a minimalist architectural appeal. Its interior conveys an aura of stylish simplicity with the economical use of living space through the brilliant use of split levels. The private swimming pools that go with each apartment can be somewhat severe at first glance, but we have to say are still very impressive on overall impression. The architecture firm involved is SCDA Architects Pte Ltd. The average price per square feet is now over RM 2000.

2. The Troika

The second place goes to The Troika. The larger and taller Troika has a good location close to the KLCC Park and the Petronas Twin Towers. Apart from one of the three towers being the tallest residential development in Kuala Lumpur, other unique features include the irregular shape and the sky lobby at level 24 which links the three component structures with pedestrian bridges ( there will be two bridges linking the three towers forming a letter ‘c’) . There is a sizable landscaped courtyard area in the middle of the development and the three residential towers are joined together at lower levels by shops and offices. Above these at level 4 are communal recreational facilities. This project is designed by famous architectural firm, Foster and Partners and average price per square feet is now over RM 1800. The interiors will be modern with good design, clean lines and subtle colours. The building has been described as ‘twisting’ in shape (“the result of detailed analysis that identified the best possible views at every level”) but this is not apparent from the artist impressions on the Troika website. Residents on two sides really will benefit from the proximity of the KLCC Park with a bird’s eye view of the KLCC Mosque. It is the tallest residential building in Malaysia, reaching over 204m, making it in the top 10 tallest buildings of the country too.

3. K Residence

K Residence is the first of two of the ten developments to be linked with a shopping mall development with a mall below called as Avenue K. It is located right beside the Petronas Twin Towers and its height is very much similar to that of Maxis Tower on the side of the twin towers.  Although the external appearance seems slightly heavy compared to the Troika, the interiors look very attractive indeed. In fact the development is nearly as high as the highest of the Troika towers at 50 storeys. There are two residential towers in the development. The floor plans incorporate accommodation for a maid. The lay out of residential units can be extensively customized. The emphasis is on quality in ensuring the standard of utilities, paying attention to features such as the water pressure. The architecture firm involved is DCMStudios and the average price per square feet now is over RM 1600. It’s the second tallest residential building in Malaysia, reaching over 202m too.

4. The Meritz

Like K Residence The Meritz is also on Jalan Ampang and in close proximity to the twin towers and the Suria KLCC shopping complex (3 minutes walk to both). As with K Residence there is easy access to a light rail transit station. The development does not offer views of the KLCC area owing to an intervening office development. The external appearance is somewhat box-like and the development is considerably smaller than K Residence.  Not all rooms seem to have natural lighting and this development does not offer the spaciousness of others. The architect behind this project is the famous Jean Nouvel and the average price per square feet is now over RM 1300.

5. Marc Residence

The Marc Service Residence has a two-acre site for its two towers and is by some margin the largest of the 10 developments. The design is fairly conventional but nevertheless elegant with a roof garden appearance(with pool) to the top of the more extensive lower floors. At street level the building features an impressive columned portico. The fact that gas piping will all be made of copper suggests quality build. Amenities include: business centre, cafeteria, club house, covered parking, gymnasium, jogging track, playground, sauna, squash court, swimming pool, wading pool and tennis court. The average price per square feet is now over RM 1200.

6. The Avare

The Avare is in some ways the most stylish and streamlined construction of all 10, with its design inspired by a butterfly on the wing. The architect is David John Clarke. Like Marc Service Residence the site (just over an acre) allows an attractive planting of trees around it. Occupiers of the Avare will enjoy panoramic views of the Petronas Towers and the Royal Selangor Golf Club and the KLCC Park is also close by. There are two large apartments to each level, each with four bedrooms, all or which will enjoy en suite bathrooms. Looking at the lay-out the only defect would seem to be rather a lot of corridor with no natural light. The average price per square feet is now over RM 1200.

7. Park Seven

Park Seven is not quite high rise, being a seven tower development with each reaching to 20 storeys. The site is only 1.6 acres so these blocks will be quite close together. The design is clean and simple and aims to give 270 degree views to most residents. Those on the Persiaran side of the development will have views of KLCC Park and the Petronas towers. There is only one unit per floor per building so the layout ensures plenty of privacy. The interior design looks clean and impressive. The variety of choice in layout and size is noticeable. The first level is described as a ‘recreation deck’ including the following: multi-purpose function rooms (presumably for hire), lap pool, heated pool, gardens with water features, gym, yoga/pilates studio, toddler’s room and children’s play area. The architecture firm involved is Heerim Architects and Planners with average price per square feet now is over RM 1000.

8. Pavilion Residence

Pavilion Residence is another tall development and, after Marc Service Residence, the largest of our 10 with 368 apartments. It is the second development to have a retail element – Pavilion KL (and offices and a hotel in addition) and in all the development covers 12 acres. The residential component comprises two towers which look a little like the Meritz (no curves) though much higher while the interiors are somewhat reminiscent of K Residence, scoring well for warmer colours and human proportions. The twin buildings are in white colour which stressed on contemporary approach while the height of the buildings rise above the others, particularly in Bukit Bintang area. The average price per square feet now is over RM 1000.

9. Idaman Residence

Idaman Residence is another large residential project but the size of individual units is considerably less than any of the other developments. This may work to its advantage in that it is very central but appealing to a different market from developments with larger units, who it is reasonable to expect, will be fierce competition with one another. Idaman has been planned to be environmentally friendly with natural ventilation in common parts and even natural ventilation features in the units themselves (though one supposes air conditioning is available also.) Above the car parking levels there are four garden units (including larger balconies) and the penthouses on the top level include roof gardens. It’s a very white and clean building. The architecture firm involved is T.R.Hamzah and Yeang Sdn. Bhd. with average price per square feet now is over RM 950.

10. Ampersand @ Kia Peng

Ampersand@Kia Peng has no claims to be high rise at all although situated half way between the KLCC Park and the Royal Selangor Gofl Club it is still very central. The development includes three blocks ranging from seven to 12 storeys. Presumably partly because the panoramic views of some of the other developments are not available, the prices for Ampersand are more reasonable than those of some competing developments. The development takes up just over two acres. The interiors look modern, well-proportioned and simple. There is a swimming pool at ground level and enough space for a small amount of landscaping. The neighbourhood has a leafy appearance but no one will be very far away from the street. The average price per square feet is now over RM 900.

The list is obtained from this link: http://www.overseaspropertymall.com/regions/south-east-asia-property/malaysian-property/10-most-expensive-condominium-developments-in-kuala-lumpur/ with Binjai Residency not included yet because it is not launched at the time this article is written. However, by now, the construction of Binjai Residency is completed and the average price per square feet now appears to be over RM 1000 which would assured the project to be in this top 10 list.  Binjai Residency is a 100-unit international-styled residence that consists of 96 standard units and 4 PENTHOUSES. It is also one of the RARE residences in Kuala Lumpur to have an exclusive private lift lobby which is only accessible to a single resident unit using an access card. For those who desire quality living, there are four duplex penthouses with INFINITY-EDGED swimming pool (42 ft) complete with pool deck, shower room and landscaped garden at the rooftop. Each penthouse has an infinity-edged swimming pool as long as 42 feet, complete with pool deck, shower room and landscape garden at the rooftop, overlooking the beautiful cityscape. So you could dip in the pool, sip on your wine and look at the view at night.

Last picture of the post below by showing the new part of the city near to the Kuala Lumpur City Centre where many new buildings are built. From this amazing picture alone, you would already saw few of the projects in the list here somewhere in that picture.

Singapore city’s wonderful setting!

Posted in Awesome Buildings, Structures, Skylines or Architecture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2011 by vincentloy

The first post I’m going to write about Singapore after the trip to the country is broader, which will concentrate on the setting or planning of the city area. This is the area that forms the icon of Singapore, and also the major economic zone of the nation.

The area or better known as the City Zone surrounds a water body which already provides a good natural setting for man-made structures to be built around it. Furthermore, land reclamation is done to alter, add and enhanced the setting of the city zone. The water body is still maintained as a beautiful place for water-related events/activities and for cooling down the bustling city.

As one of the Four Asian Tigers (nicknames to Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea as the leading Asian countries in world economics), the economic of Singapore centred on the city center zone, or commonly known as the Downtown Core with all the buildings over 200m (11 in Singapore) in the city zone. The three tallest buildings of Singapore, all with height of 280m (the maximum height allowed due to air traffic restriction) are also in the core area with the iconic Merlion sculpture at the corner facing the water body.

Right across the city separated by the water body is the historical areas consisting of Old Parliament, Supreme Court, Padang, etc and modern city zone consisting of Suntec City, Esplanades, The Float (world largest floating stage and venue), Exhibition and Convention Centre, hotels, etc as well as the world tallest ferris wheel, Singapore Flyers at a height of 165 m.

Another recently-completed mega project is just situated on the other side of the city and also surrounding the water body is the Marina Bay Sands, a linked towers of three by a sky park above and the mall. More information regarding this project will be described on the upcoming post. This three skyscrapers aren’t tall enough to be considered as skyscrapers, but they are just striking!

So, everything around the Singapore River is nice, and clean, including the river itself. There is even this giant project, called as Gardens by the Bay around the river to turn the whole city into a Green Garden City to be completed in several phases. The city zone with such great urban planning is now the political, economic, cultural and tourism centers of this developed nation, sometime referred to as the world most globalized country.

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