Kuala Lumpur’s Future Sustainable Iconic Tower

Datum Jelatek

Sitting within a short distance of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the future Datum Jelatek development is set to become the most iconic tower in Malaysia.

The new retail and residential development, consisting of four towers connected by a Sky Bridge, has won the Most Iconic Design of the Year at the 2012 Malaysian Reserve Editor’s Choice Awards. Not only is it set for iconic acclaim, but it will also host a range of sustainable features.

Located in Jalan Ampang, Datum Jelatek was designed by Architects Surbana International Consultants and Interior Designers ACID and is expected to cost over $310,000,000. Consisting of four residential towers, four retail towers and one level of office suites, some anticipate that it will become a ‘contemporary retail heaven’ and will be regarded as a ‘benchmark for designer malls in the region.’

The concept  to embody ‘Infinite Living – The Point of Life,’ tying in with the prediction that it will be awarded a Green Building Index (GBI) Platinum certification.

Covering 5.8 acres of land, the development will focus on a dedication to healthy living as each of the four towers play host to different themes, including family, educational, wellness and active areas to help people relax and reconnect with themselves.

The facilities available across the towers range from the Sky Gym to an Interactive Media Lounge. Residents can forget about the long day behind them by also taking up yoga or visiting the meditation pavilion.

Datum Jelatek Malaysia

Sitting comfortably among the four towers will be the Sky Bridge, which will be approximately 300 feet above ground level. This is Malaysia’s first bridge of this kind. More than just a functional feature, it is also capable of serving as a jogging track and providing other outdoor opportunities. The circular bridge continually connects the four towers while providing sweeping views across the city.

In some ways, the site may also benefit the area in terms of regeneration. The site that will house the future Datum Jelatek development was previously an area known for drug crime, and the flats which will be knocked down to make way for the development were once referred to as ‘Flat Columbia’.

The development‘s design incorporates a curvilinear balcony, which will provide shade for each of the units. The extensive landscaping design will work to limit solar radiation and heat gain from the area, whilst the water features such as the rainwater harvesting system will reuse and store rainwater for the needs of the irrigation system.

Each of the towers will be topped by a Sky Garden, which will add to the sustainable features by reducing heat gain. Throughout the construction period, locally sourced materials will be used.

The Datum Jelatek development is the first in a line of seven projects, including the future Datum Sports City, the Datum Regalia, Datum InCity, Datum SACC, Datum Bangi and the Datum EduCity, known as the Datum Series from Datumcorp International.

By Jemilla Russell-Clough
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