Architects 61 transforms tsunami devastation into Penang's prime residential location
A low density residential development (77 units) comprising a 39-storey tower block with 3 units of 3½ storey beach villas on 2.56 acres of land right on the beach of Tanjung Bungah, Penang. The site was submerged during the tsunami in 2004, but rehabilitated with the public beach - regenerated at the developer's cost as a contribution to the community - through the construction of an island breakwater designed by hydraulic marine engineers.
The development is conceptualised with luxury in mind where the tower accommodates two apartments per floor at grand sizes of 370 sq m and 465 sq m, with two lifts serving each unit without the need to share. The villas come with their own private lift, lap pool garden and private garage for 5 cars. The towers and villas cover 15% of the footprint, leaving the deck fully landscaped to reduce the 'heat island' effect and provide a lush landscaped environment. The efficiency of a typical apartment floor is 92%. All this built at a cost of RM200 (45 Euro) per sq ft, whilst sales achieved were at RM750 (170 Euro) per sq ft - a record in Penang - and construction costs were kept within budget.
Two sub-level car parks are elevated above the high water table, allowing them to be naturally ventilated and adopting a familiar local construction method. The shape of the site worked as a natural guide to positioning the villas adjacent to the neighbouring bungalows at the north, whilst the tower relates to Tanjung Bungah Hotel at the south. Strong horizontal and vertical lines in the form of sunshades create a compelling eco-skeleton-like façade to both the tower and villa, providing unity whilst distinguishing them from the neighbourhood. The design, which is modern contemporary, sets the benchmark in terms of ultimate luxury living in Penang.