By Ole Scheeren © Büro-OS
Floating tower volumes hover above horizontal layers of urban activities that capture the vibrancy of the city’s multifaceted culture.
TYPE:Mixed-use High-rise Development, including
Premium Offices, Luxury Hotel, Service
Residences, and Signature Retail / F&B
Status:Commission: July 2010
Client:Aurora Tower at KLCC Sdn Bhd
(A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Sunrise
Berhad, A member of UEM)
Location:Kuala Lumpur City Center, Malaysia
Site:6,400m2 Corner Lot at Intersection of Jalan
Ampang and Jalan P. Ramlee
Scale:Construction Area: approx. 165,000m2
(1.75 million sq.ft.)Gross Floor Area: approx.
90,000m2 (968,000 sq.ft.)
Height:268 meters; 65 Floors above ground
Program:Premium Offices; Hotel (200+ units), Hotel
Amenities 700m2; Service Residences
(280+ units), Residences Amenities 600m2;
Ground Levels: Lobbies, Retail/Food Court,
Elevated Parking (7 levels); Sky Levels
(3 levels): Restaurant/Bar, Multi-Function
Hall, Business Center, Gym/Spa; Basement
Parking (6 levels); Building Services
Angkasa Raya, situated directly across from the well-known Petronas Twin Towers in the heart of Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), presents a new typology in high-rise skyscraper design that overtly expresses the inhabitation of diverse urban activities in a tropical environment and captures the vibrancy of the city’s multifaceted culture.
Angkasa Raya is comprised of five distinct elements – three floating elevated tower blocks and two multi-level zones of open horizontal slabs – that are autonomous yet connected to one another in a uniquely stacked and shifting configuration of varied functional and urban typologies. Rather than competing with the Twin Towers in the form of another “twin” or blending into the surrounding context of singular towers on a podium, Angkasa Raya offers a new contemporary reading of the capital city and stands as an icon of the harmonious and dynamic balance of Malaysia’s cultural multiplicity and diversity.
At a height of 268 meters over 64 floors, and 165,000 square meters of construction area, Angkasa Raya accommodates Premium Offices, a luxury Hotel, and high-end Service Residences. Each function occupies one of the three rectangular volumes which, through their mutual support and delicate balance, generate a unity that is both multiple and symbiotic.
The “Ground Levels”, a series of open horizontal slabs, bring urban life into the building and unfold two interconnected spirals of vehicular and pedestrian circulation, mixing signature retail, restaurants/cafes, a food court, and prayer rooms with abundant outdoor greenery and urban streetscape. The plural trajectories weave through the open levels and offer multiple street-like experiences of interconnected urban activities, injecting public spaces into the heart of the building.
At the virtual intersection between the three tower blocks, 120 meters above the city, are four levels of tropical greenery and metropolitan activity: the Sky Levels. Catapulting the public energy of the Ground Levels skywards, a signature bar and restaurant with outdoor dining terraces, an infinity edge pool, as well as a multi-function banquet hall, business lounges and meeting rooms offer premium work and leisure space in a lush environment with spectacular elevated views of the dramatic skyline.
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Design Architect:Buro Ole Scheeren, Hong Kong/Beijing
Partner (design):Ole Scheeren
Partner (management):Eric Chang
Project Leaders:Dan Cheong, Tim Archambault;
Team (A-Z):Benjamin Ahrens, Joyce Chang, Jeffrey Cheng, Jan Dechow, Michael Cavander, Marcel Holmberg, Yunhee Jeong, Nozomi Kanemitsu, Singjoy Liang, Sebastian Liszka, Mavis Liu, Joseph Tang, Leonard Wong; with Catarina Canas, Rachel Hillery, Kin Ho, Vivian Hsu, Tait Kaplan, Tissana Kulkosa, Tom Lee, Tool Nampanwiwat, Kevin Ou, Kevin Park, Huang Hsiao Rou, Adelene Tan, Mimi Shen, Robertson Smith, Yang Tao, Chompunuch Vanichayanguranon, Gao Xiaoxue, Jia Jun Yeo, Fred Zhou, Hu Ziwei
Associate Architect:Chee Ang Architect, Kuala Lumpur
Executive Architect:RSP Architects Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur
Structural Engineering:Ranhill Consulting Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur
Building Services Engineering:Ranhill Consulting Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur
Façade Consultant:Front Inc, New York
Geotechnical Engineering:G&P Geotechnics Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur
Sustainability Consultant:ZED-G&P Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur
Landscape Architect:Seksan Design SD2, Kuala Lumpur
Retail Consultant:Husband Retail Consulting, Hong Kong
Quantity Surveyor:KPK Quantity Surveyor Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur
Traffic Consultant:Perunding Trafik Klasik Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur
Wind Engineering:CPP Wind Engineering & Air Quality, Sydney/Kuala Lumpur
Buro Ole Scheeren, Hong Kong/Beijing
Hayes Davidson, London (computer renderings)
Crystal CG, Beijing (computer renderings)
S.C. Shekar, Kuala Lumpur (site photography)
Wan Izhar Abu Bakar, Kuala Lumpur (site photography)
James Kuah, Kuala Lumpur (site photography)
Buro Ole Scheeren, with Danyin Zhu