Angkasa Raya will be KL’s latest architectural beauty & engineering marvel.
Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Twin Towers will soon have a new neighbor. Or rather three neighbors in one. The intersection of Jalan Ampang and Jalan P Ramlee, just across the road from the iconic twins, will soon be home to the pristine Angkasa Raya, taking over the space of the nostalgic Bangunan Angkasa Raya while retaining its name.
A visionary development by Sunrise Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UEM Land Holdings Bhd, the new and one-of-a-kind Angkasa Raya will be a world-class building representing the future vision of Kuala Lumpur as a leading Southeast Asian city.
The integrated mixed-use project, designed by renowned German architect Ole Scheeren, will comprise of three towers that is seemingly stacked onto each other with sky levels in between, giving the illusion that it is floating in the air. Towering at 268 meters, it will house premium office spaces, over 280 service residences, a luxury hotel with over 200 five star suites, sky levels as well as retail spaces.
At the unveiling on 8 November 2011, Datuk Tong Kooi Ong, Chairman of Sunrise, said, “As an innovative community developer, Sunrise is committed to its vision of value creation.
This spirit and commitment to value will continue to be reflected in our latest pursuit, Angkasa Raya.” Dato’ Wan Abdullah Wan Ibrahim, Group Managing Director/CEO of UEM Land Holdings Bhd and Managing Director of Sunrise Bhd added, “Angkasa Raya is one of those projects that will redefine the skyline of Kuala Lumpur.
The brilliant Angkasa Raya will positively contrast yet complement the Petronas Twin Towers.
The four sky levels will bring the life of the city skywards.
The sky levels with an infinity edge pool offer a majestic view of the city’s skyline.
Taking a closer look at the architectural concept of Angkasa Raya. From left: Ole Scheeren, Principal of Buro Ole Scheeren; Dato’ Izzaddin Idris, Managing Director and CEO of UEM Group; Dato’ Wan Abdullah Wan Ibrahim, Managing Director of Sunrise and Managing Director and CEO of UEM Land Holdings Bhd; Datuk Tong Kooi Ong, Chairman of Sunrise; and Eric Chang, Buro Ole Scheeren.
It is a modern classic with timeless architectural beauty crafted by world renowned architect Ole Scheeren. We are glad to be part of this iconic development and hope that you love it as much as we do.”
Also present to reveal the ingenuity of the skyscraper’s design was its architect Ole Scheeren, principal of Buro Ole Scheeren. He explained that the idea was to build a landmark building that would stand out yet complement the Petronas Twin Towers.
Rather than competing with another “twin” or blending into the surrounding context of singular towers, Angkasa Raya’s “three-in-one” concept offers a new contemporary reading of the capital city.
“The design of Angkasa Raya was inspired by Malaysia’s multicultural and diverse society. It proposes a new model of urban and cultural inclusiveness and explores possibilities for the amplification of life and activities within the heart of one of Asia’s great capitals,” said Ole Scheeren who’s lifetime experience in creating architectural masterpieces could be seen in the CCTV Building in Beijing, Maha Nakhon in Bangkok and Interlace in Singapore.
Drawing energy from the busy streets of KL, the “Ground Levels” of Angkasa Raya is a series of open horizontal slabs that 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.
Catapulting that public energy up 120 meters above the city, are four levels of tropical greenery and metropolitan activity.
Situated at the virtual intersection between the three tower blocks, the Sky Levels will feature a signature bar and restaurant with outdoor dining terraces, an infinity edge pool, as well as a multi-function banquet hall while business lounges and meeting rooms offer premium work and leisure space in a lush environment with spectacular elevated views of the dramatic skyline.
Expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2012 and completed in 2016, the unique architectural beauty as well as the engineering marvel of Angkasa Raya will indeed transform the skyline of Malaysia’s capital city and further propel KL into the future as a world class city.