OASIS PLACE The extreme climate in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has an important social impact: people tend to live in enclosed and conditioned spaces which reduce the use of public spaces and decrease social interaction. Through the utilization of the site’s inherent natural qualities and the given programs, the project with 1,700 units promotes modern sustainable living tuned to today’s environmental and social demands.
Living Units Two basic 400sf modules in a regularized structural bay are shifted and combined horizontally and vertically to create 20+ distinct units. The modularity allows for flexible accommodation of the large populations enabling adaptability to rapid changes of market and use.
Tapioca Space Like tapioca pearls, ‘gel’ of semi-public space surrounds each private module to expand perceptual boundaries and bring natural light and ventilation into the unit promoting a sense of community.
Curved Section Instead of hard imposing wall, 3 regularized curved sections engineered within conventional structural limitation create an undulating façade with porous voids funneling cool winds throughout the building. The undulations providing corner views and self-shade reducing the solar radiation by 40% over the course of the day on the solstices (analyzed by Transsolar) eliminating needs for additional shading. Ventilation voids are strategically positioned corresponding to the prevailing winds for the project to be naturally ventilated for 65% of the year. The curved lines vertically extend to the rooftop and the ground as eco-screens seamlessly connecting the infinite trail to the terrain, making the landscape a full-fledged part of the building.
Infinite Amenity Trail The infinite amenity trail is a never ending animated path through the public spaces, landscape, amenities, and living units that promotes a healthy lifestyle and social interaction among its users. These expendable/contractible spaces can host various scale and user types at different times creating sustainable social dynamics.
Credits: - Transsolar Inc. - Shrikar Bhave - Transsolar Inc. - Int Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, CPHD - Shrikar Bhave