Arcoris Mont’ Kiara in Kuala Lumpur combines places to live and work with a range of social spaces. The major new 180,000 square-metre development creates an innovative and dynamic mixed-use destination in a predominantly residential district of the city.
The building departs from the existing mould of a high-end mixed-use development, by providing a fine balance of privacy while moving away from the gated-communities which have become a norm in the region.
The building textured façade is a series of projecting volumes, framed by in-situ concrete frames, which articulate the different apartments externally and allow residents to identify their own home – a personal approach that is echoed throughout the development. These frames are key in breaking up the laterally extending mass, to give a relatable scale to the whole scheme.
Concrete, in its raw form with its visible ‘faults’ reflects the true materiality of the building. It was chosen as an appropriate material due to its easy availability in the region as well as long-term durability. Arcoris Mont Kiara is first of its kind large-scale mixed-use schemes in the region to deploy an innovative lightweight modular aluminium formwork system. Its success is underpinned by the close collaboration between clients, designers, engineers, contractors and fabricators to achieve high quality concrete finish, while meeting the demands of an onerous construction programme.
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