The design brief calls for a residential tower building with supporting communal and commercial facilities. All design components will address the significant urban concerns and will integrate, complement and enhance the existing matrix of the city. The architectural design proposal recognises the prevalent issue of decreasing open spaces in dense emerging cities. While it does not deny that an economic agenda formulates most urban cities, the architectural proposal attempts to address this imbalance while fulfilling the programme and criteria necessary to sustain such urban entities. The proposal is a high-rise development of 35 storeys; 32 of which for residential units, and the remaining 3 for communal / commercial facilities located on the lower levels. The proposal examines the impact of urban planning on the ground level by acknowledging the presence of the commercial entity that is KLCC SURIA, and the need to establish a visual connection between the proposal commercial spaces and the KLCC SURIA. By designing a C-shaped tower along the flanks of the boundary instead of creating a solitary building in the middle of the site, 2 issues were addressed. Firstly, a higher density is achievable without creating an overwhelming urban entity and secondly, the communal and public open areas are not fragmented into smaller and less flexible spaces. Echoing this concern, residential spaces on the tower block are designed on the basis of creating significant open spaces within multiple high-rise housing developments. Residential duplex units allows the interplay of high ceiling spaces, and the overlapping of building volumes within each unit, thereby creating both open and enclosed spaces within the tower block. Each unit is configured as a single built-up volume, sliding horizontally along a basic structural grid. By displacing each volume from its original position, open spaces like pools and terraces are created on its sides. The pools are, in turn, expressed on the elevations of the building through the use of glass at the end walls. In all, 16 sets of sliding movements occur throughout the 32 storeys. The direction of slide alternates itself intermittently at each set, thereby creating a series of interlocking and overlapping spaces. By allowing this movement, the concept is also aesthetically reflected on the building facades; achieving a spatial consistency throughout the whole development. The lower level of each unit caters to the living, dining and service areas. These spaces are fused seamlessly to the external terraces and pools, thereby extending the enclosed spaces into the external areas. Full height curtain walls and 6m high ceiling spaces emphasize the possibility of maximum natural lighting and cross ventilation, thus creating the sense of living away from a dense urban environment. The upper level of each duplex unit houses the sleeping and family areas. These are related back to the lower level by the use of double height volumes above the living, dining and garden areas. Consequently, a strong relationship to all areas within each unit is enhanced through the spatial layout and volumes.


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