recessed at ground level, create a covered arcade for shops and cafes, tightening the connection with the landscaped outdoor. The dialogue between inside and outside continues at the upper floors, due to the transparency of large glazed facades, which offer natural light and pleasant view to the working ambience.
Part of the project’s aim is to facilitate the younger generations, students, creative, offering extensive spaces for co-working, a public library, a rich frontage of bars, cafes-restaurants, retail centers and a series of attractions, opportunities. The diverse, continuous activities, supported by the attractive green environment, will inject dynamism to the place, promoting sense of collective.
Even the complementary parking lot, growing 5 floors above the ground, offers the oversized roof as a flexible stage to a varied programming, from night projections on large screen, to tennis and badminton fields, performance events and art exhibitions. Repeated long steel net stripes, slightly shifted, wrap the block becoming support of climbing vegetation and transforming the bold concrete structure into a vegetative pleasant part of the plaza.
To completion of the new implant, towers the metallic look of a high tech hotel that with its playful and fresh presence reinforces the energetic atmosphere of the hub, promising to be a future hot spot. It redefines the traditional hostel format with clean, modern aesthetic, proposing a contemporaneous social way to stay. The cylindrical structure features sky garden with bar and pool, an inviting space programmed as all the roof tops of the cluster with commercial, social and environmental functions.
The mixed-use development, supported by the flow-through solution, envisages a human scaled paradigm of self-sufficient, integrated, environmentally responsible ensemble and promises to become catalyst for new expansions and initiatives.
A palette of simple, honest materials, steel, concrete and glass, expresses a clear visual identity, adequate to the vigorous activity of transport hub. Office buildings, landscape are designed according to the pattern of the sun: disposition of the two commercial parallel volumes promotes natural ventilation, as atria and voids at the ground level incentive cross-ventilation.
Hotel and office features are oriented to maximise daylight and passive environmental benefits; double glazing, with low-E glass, facades protect from ultraviolet radiations, reducing the tropics heat and providing indoor thermal comfort due to respectively a wrapping perforated mesh and a overhung scheme of metal fins, irregularly spaced.
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CityTaman Perling, Johor Bahru
ClientHANDAL PDT sdn bhd
Gross Floor Area (mq)46700
ArchitectsPCA-Paolo Cucchi Architects
Design teamPaolo Cucchi, Virginia Cucchi, Goh Zhi Min, Riduan Sam
ConsultantsC&S: Jurutera JRK sdn bhd, M&E: Perunding Cekap, Q.S.: CT Project Management
Curriculum studio / partecipantePCA is a multidisciplinary architectural practice established in 1987. Paolo Cucchi is the founding principal and design director of PCA-Paolo Cucchi Architects. He obtained his Master of Architecture Degree at I.U.A.V. - University of Architecture of Venice. He taught at University Teknologi Malaysia and National University of Singapore, today is President of IAA (International Academy of Architecture) South East Asia Branch.
The commitment is to produce architecture of quality, with attention to details and exploration of materials. An architecture conceptually innovative, functional and concerned of context and sustainability, that resonates with the specificity of place and purpose. Based in Italy and Malaysia, the firm operates at different levels: the project types vary from private residences, offices to apartment towers, hotels, public buildings and urban planning, embracing interior design, reuse and preservation.
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