Eric Parry Architects completes new residential development in Kuala Lumpur to overcome local economic turmoil
The project consists of a 3-storey residential development of 26 units on a 2 acre site. The site is located within a low rise residential area close to the traditional ambassadorial area of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The units range in size from 3,000 to 5,000 sq ft including single-floor apartments, duplexes and 3-storey townhouses arranged in four blocks with generous landscaped gardens in between, and single-storey daylit car park beneath the whole site.
The buildings have a strong fair-faced concrete base, contrasting with the white rendered walls of the upper floors with its fair-faced concrete elements of projecting balconies popping through the façade. Deep balconies and adjustable louvred screens provide privacy as well as shade and environmental control and allow for ample cross ventilation, much needed in the tropical climate. The landscaped gardens provide screening between the blocks and shade to the grassed and paved surfaces.
At one end a small club pavilion provides a place for informal gatherings of residents for celebrations, or simply a place to relax while watching swimmers in the landscaped pool below. Planning permission was granted in 1998 but the development was put on hold during the regional economic crisis. In 2002 the project was resurrected, work started on site in January 2007 and completed earlier this year.