A slice of Mediterranean style for Kuala Lumpur form IDS
Mediterranean vernacular has developed all around the coast of the Mediterranean basin from the towns and villages of Morocco, Tunisia, Greece, Italy and Spain. Mont’ Kiara was conceived to capture the romance of renowned Mediterranean architecture but keeping the simplicity of modern architectural thinking.
The basis of the concept is to integrate a sprawling staggered form of rising tiers, ‘growing’ from out of the ground and rising to the upper tiers, just like the tiered Mediterranean houses with deep windows which provide shade from the direct sunlight, suitable for the local tropical weather.
A three-dimensionally changing unit provides bridges linking the internal and outdoor space creating an exciting play of vertical and horizontal interface of terraces, gardens and deck. The orientation and the design layout are deliberately sited diagonally to avoid the direct east-west sun and at the same time avoid the monotonous long stretch of linear development, creating a more interesting and sculptural façade. Each apartment is well articulated and juxtaposed with cross ventilation throughout the year and for some they can also enjoy sunrise and sunset in the comfort of their living spaces.
The design has consciously played on the hierarchy of vertical and horizontal elements to create a seamless transition between the building and the external environment. The design attempts to capture the flow of the internal with the external spaces, thereby allowing a sense of flow from the units into the decks and garden spaces. Like the Mediterranean architecture that inspired it, Mont’ Kiara has a constant juxtapositioning of strong natural forms that is both elegant and sculptural. The varied spaces and forms produce a complex and visually stunning development that fits naturally into the landscape and ambience of Mont’ Kiara.
Design Team: Dr Timothy Seow and Phing Seow