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. Ikon seeks to create a lifestyle destination on an intimate neighborhood scale with the level of quality, impact and vibrancy of a city centre destination. 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.
Ikon will provide space for more than100 boutique shops and restaurants over five storeys with five levels of office above. The dynamic skin flows into the landscape wrapping the project with a veneer of outdoor dining terraces screened by layered planting.
+ Project data
Location: Cheras Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Client: Pasti Anggun
Completion: Q4 2013
Status: Topping out Q4 2012
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SPARK (www.sparkarchitects.com) is an award-winning international architectural and design consultancy with proven expertise in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and interior design. Founded in 2008, SPARK creates distinctive projects across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Boasting a dynamic team of over 100 employees spanning 16 nationalities and three continents, SPARK combines the best experience of international and local talent. Driven by a philosophical approach to create architecture that is pragmatic, social and convivial, SPARK works closely with clients to create sustainable architecture that is underpinned by financial viability and the desire to improve the quality of life for all. With a presence in Beijing, London, Shanghai and Singapore, SPARK’s award winning projects include the rejuvenated Clarke Quay in Singapore, the Shanghai International Cruise Terminal, Starhill Gallery Kuala Lumpur and the Raffles City projects in Ningbo and Beijing.