Kuala Lumpur, 21 July 2016 – IJM Land Berhad (“IJM Land”), the property development arm of IJM Corporation Berhad and its joint venture partner Amona Development Sdn Bhd, today celebrated the official opening of the modern and contemporary cube-shaped IJM Land Centre of Excellence or ICE Gallery at Pantai Sentral Park located within the Golden Triangle commercial and retail hubs of Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Bangsar and Mid Valley.
IJM Land has taken its latest property gallery to a new level, showcasing two transparent interlocking geometric glass cubes with organic structures in its interior which distinguish it substantially from the conventional and familiar/standard property gallery and turn it into an astonishing place of marvel and fascination. The use of cube shapes in the architecture of the ICE Gallery serves a number of purposes, from ensuring the durability of the structure and maximum efficiency of the space utilisation, to harmonising the entire building with the surrounding environment. The ICE Gallery is designed for flexibility and adaptation. The volumetric form and column-free structure of the ICE Gallery coupled with the long span create flexible spaces that facilitate the change of use during the lifecycle of the building. The highly adaptive form of the ICE Gallery allows the interior spaces to be transformed and aligned with new functions and purposes in the future when the nature-inspired township matures.
The 29,000 sq. ft. gallery harvests natural daylight, allowing sufficient light to enter the spaces below and maximising views into and out of the building. The gallery, which was constructed entirely with glass segments and steel, takes in views of the surrounding forest and changes throughout the day as the sun arcs across the sky and during the night, when the gallery is illuminated, the enormous winding sculptures which characterise the gallery’s main hall in combination with the translucent glass façade create the magic illusion as if the ICE Gallery was glowing and growing just like a fantastical forest.
Many little design strategies go into making a sustainable building and the visionary thinking to create ecological designs and to use sustainable materials were primary considerations for the ICE Gallery. Steel and glass, some of the most sustainable building materials in the world which can easily be recovered, reused and recycled, characterise the architecture and design of the property gallery. Though the facade is glass, but the glare and overheating associated with glass are remedied with the bespoke design of the ceramic fitting which allows for a reduction in the radiant heat and helps soften the glare of light into the cubes.
According to Senior General Manager of IJM Land Central Region Mr. Hoo Kim See, it was the dream of IJM Land to create the ICE Gallery as a unique experience that reflects the innovative spirit and the values of Pantai Sentral Park through its architecture and its interior design that instantly speaks to people’s emotions once they set foot in the gallery. “It is our interpretation of nature and its organic forms that look like they dynamically grow in every direction without the intervention of men,” he explained. Most notable in regards to this concept is the large sculpture in the main hall that reaches a height of 12 metres (39 ft).
IJM Land Managing Director, Mr. Edward Chong Sin Kiat further explained the inspiration behind the ICE Gallery: “Instead of an ordinary gallery, we felt it was important to create a unique structure that would convey the individuality of Pantai Sentral Park. The ICE Gallery is a significant and important brand-defining addition for us, as we seek to strengthen our brand presence and connect with more customers from the local community in the Klang Valley.”
The highly distinctive gallery serves as the main showcase of Pantai Sentral Park. “The site’s unique location with unrivalled access to a host of hotspots and amenities of the city presents a wonderful opportunity for us to mark our legacy and create a stunning and iconic landmark for Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley. It is truly our own ‘Jewel in the Park’,” commented Tn Haji Abdul Manaf, Executive Director of Amona Development Sdn Bhd.
IJM Land unveiled the ICE Gallery, the first of its kind IJM Land property gallery at an opening event with 200 guests in attendance. Attendees included top influencers in the KL real estate community, business affiliates and partners, consultants and media.
Designed by leading architecture firm Surbana Consultants Sdn Bhd, in collaboration with renowned interior design firm DWP (Design Worldwide Partnership), the new ICE Gallery offers a unique multi-sensory experience, which includes architectural models and showrooms as well as the various interactive and experiential exhibits. Other features include a sheltered public area/space for events, gatherings and celebrations, as well as a café bar. The purity of the natural white curves of the gallery provides the perfect backdrop for multiple displays and uses such as fashions shows, landmark occasions, prestigious product launches and other special celebrations, to create a more enriching and inclusive lifestyle experience in the gallery.
During the gallery experience, guests were entertained with live jazz music, while the winner of Season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance Malaysia, Cecilia Yong awed guests with a beautifully choreographed dance resembling Pantai Sentral Park’s core values of “People, Planet, Priority”. Here guests perused the gallery’s three distinct sections: the main gallery area, where a scale replica of Pantai Sentral Park sits; the amphitheatre, where a large LED screen displays marketing material; and the courtyard, which features a full selection of floor plans and two (2) showrooms of Secoya Residences (Type A – 2 rooms and Type C – 4+1). Attendees also viewed a presentation rendering the creation of the gallery’s modern and landmark design, narrated by Ng Cho You, Surbana Consultants Sdn Bhd, Concept Architect of the ICE Gallery.
The visionary township of Pantai Sentral Park sits on a significant 58-acre parcel of land and has a gross development value of RM2.5 billion. The landmark development which consists of 7 residential phases and 6 commercial phases is expected to be completed within 10 – 15 years, and will be able to accommodate some 15,000 residents. The integrated city development will be achieved through elements of sustainability such as green features, commercial conveniences and business opportunities.
Pantai Sentral Park’s unique location in the shade of the impressive Bukit Kerinchi, coupled with its strategic location minutes away from the city centre has helped define the development as Kuala Lumpur’s One and Only Urban Forest City. Backed by the township’s Crime Prevention through Environmental Design initiative, the overall theme of the township revolves around the idea of encouraging a life out of the box and into the outdoors. Residents will enjoy the best of nature and modern living wrapped within an eco-friendly property development. Surrounded by the lush 200-acre forest reserve of Bukit Kerinchi, homeowners will have direct access to a number of gardens, parks, hiking trails, leisure and flora educational parks, natural streams and creeks. Here at Pantai Sentral Park, one can truly step out from their doorstep and straight into the adventures of outdoors – something no other property development in the Klang Valley can offer.
Pantai Sentral Park is also strategically connected to hotspots and amenities of the city, adjacent to Kuala Lumpur to the northeast, Bangsar/Damansara to the north, Petaling Jaya/Subang/Sunway to the west and Cheras/OUG/Sungei Besi to the southeastern side. It sits within a close vicinity to the Universiti LRT and Pantai Dalam KTM stations which connect to KL Sentral. Pantai Sentral Park is linked to various road networks such as the Federal Highway via Jalan Kerinchi and from Bukit Gasing via Jalan Pantai Dalam. Ensuring that the customers can conveniently travel in and out of the precinct was a key consideration in planning. In addition to the existing amenities, IJM Land is building a direct link to Pantai Sentral Park from the New Pantai Expressway (NPE).
Phase 2 of the Pantai Sentral Park development, known as Secoya Residences, comprises 243 units of residential condominiums with built-ups ranging from 1,050 to 1,670 sq. ft. for its two-to-four bedroom units and is priced from RM850,000. Every unit is oriented towards North with city views and the South with forest and pool views to prevent undue heat gains. The 41-storey development will break away from the traditional point block and deep unit notion of high rise living, and instead adopt non-conventional housing models with wide fronting living spaces to allow for natural lighting and ventilation, generous green realms and vertical gardens while engaging the forest surroundings.
The ICE Gallery is now open daily from 9:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday.
For more information, please call 1800 880 456 or visit www.pantaisentralpark.com.