The design by Spark Architects for the Ikon Connaught seeks to create a lifestyle destination on an intimate neighborhood scale with the level of quality, impact and vibrancy of a city centre destination. Located at the heart of Cheras in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the project will provide space for more than 100 boutique shops and restaurants over five storeys with five levels of office above. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Ikon Connaught is located at the heart of Cheras where the metropolis of Kuala Lumpur begins to merge with the lush green hills of Kajang and Ampang. In addition to its human scale the project enjoys a highly visible and prominent location at the crossing point of the middle ring road and the east west link which connects the centre of KL to the Silk Highway and beyond. The design of the building will announce the scheme to the millions of people who pass the site on a regular basis whilst serving the community and its immediate neighbors; UCIS University and Connaught Hill gardens.
To address these very different scales Ikon will be a twin speed building creating an iconic landmark to the motorist passing at 100kph whilst providing a rich and intimate experience for the slower paced pedestrian. This twin layered approach is reflected in the façade design. Inspired by the owners clothing and luxury goods business the facade explores the idea of an outer layer concealing a contrasting inner skin like a demure leather bag or woolen suit which opens up to reveal a vibrant inner lining. The inner skin is conceived as a simple graphic box whilst the fluid outer skin appears to open up and flow with the passing traffic.
The dynamic skin flows into the landscape wrapping the project with a veneer of outdoor dining terraces screened by layered planting.
Architects: Spark Architects Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Project Director: Stephen Pimbley Project Architect: Peter Morris Completion: 2013 Team: Rafal Kapusta, Lintang Wuriantari LDI: Arkitek WAC MEP: Perunding AC& Rakan SDN.BHD. Client: Pasti Anggun Total GFA (sqm): 24800m2 GFA Type Breakdown: Building-24800m2, Façade-9100m2, Landscape-714m2 Key Materials: Aluminium, Glass, Steel