Tropicana Grande, Kuala Lumpur
Inception : 2005
Status : Completed 2013
Awareness towards the environment in which that we live has introduced the idea of sustainability and green living. This idea is a concept of living where one would be in affinity with nature.
In the composition of the building, this affinity is translated as the manner in which the building addresses the golf course. The building faces the golf course to take advantage of the view and also to assimilate its natural ambiance into the building psyche. The building is gently curved in response to the natural lines of the golf course. Following those lines, the four residential towers are arranged in a shallow crescent and the edges of the car park podium are rounded off. The tower balconies are also curved creating an undulating wave form that sweeps in harmony across the four towers.
The towers drop all the way to the ground emphasising its form and height that makes a strong statement of presence. Vertical lines dominate the street elevation that accentuates the height and reduces the apparent width of the towers resulting in a series of towers with appropriate anthropomorphic proportions. The towers transition to a generous double storey lobby at the ground floor that not only declares the entrance to your house, but also provide an intimate recognisable face. The treatment allows each tower to be easily identifiable thus making that personal connection between home owner and home much stronger.
This idea of being in affinity with nature naturally brings forth the concept of green spaces and the continuity of these spaces that begin as you approach the building, as you move through the building and to end where you repose in your abode.
The entrance to the site is indirect through a tree lined boulevard that ends in a cul-de-sac and opens to the vista of the Tropicana golf course. The view is a captivating precursor to entering Tropicana Grande and the visual connection increases the perception of green spaces as you drive down the boulevard.
When you enter Tropicana Grande, the internal street is a pleasant tree lined drive. Again, the perception of green space is enlarged by the visual assimilation of the tree lined drive with the wooded street and the golf course that borders the site. From the drive, the visual flow of green space continues into the resident’s lobby. The solidness of the lobby walls give way to louvered glass that is not only an exciting design feature but provides the visual and spatial transparency as the internal spaces connect with the gardens.
The concept of being close with nature is also played out at the resident’s home. The towers are articulated with as many rooms as possible to face the golf course where the ambiance of the golf course and nature are brought into the homes through visual clarity of the floor to ceiling height glass windows. Sliding doors at the balconies turn the rooms into terraces that further enhance the connectivity. Here the outdoors may be enjoyed by being on the balcony, or enjoyed indoors with the sliding doors wide open.
Thus are the residents able to enjoy a style of living that is closer with nature; a landmark in Tropicana, a place that they can proudly call a ‘Home’ .