The original Vision City was intended for completion more than a decade ago but when financial problems halted the construction work it left the site with a massive piece of bare concrete structure.
The current owner acquired the development rights with the
intention of dressing up the existing mass, located four monorail
stops from Kuala Lumpur's main shopping district, into a new icon
for the neighbourhood and the city.
Sparch's vision for the development goes beyond the brief of interior fit out and facade cladding as that would merely amount to a conversion of use of the pre-defined spaces. To truly transform the current spaces within the block and also its relationship to the street, Sparch cracked open the monolith, hollowing out the central portion to create a hybrid space - a voluminous garden naturally ventilated but sheltered from the elements - that is an extension of the urban fabric.
With the originally planned hermetic air-conditioned box now
drawing the streetscape into its carved out volume, Vision City
deviates from the mold of the ubiquitous modern mall, engaging more
directly its immediate surroundings, physically as well as
visually, to realize the urban rejuvenation that its developers and
urban planners are envisioning for the neighborhood.
The strategy of bringing the outside in and up has practical
values beyond creating new spatial and sequential experiences, it
provides for more facade frontage and exposure to retail units. The
through-slot that breaks the original facade monotony allows
differential treatments to either side of it.
With the creation of the elevated Garden, Sparch aims to achieve
at least 30% additional savings in air-conditioning load over the
development's original design. Critical to the scheme is the
climatic comfort conditions on the Garden level and the central
platforms suspended within that volume. Besides ensuring the
printed filigree canopy keeps out monsoon rains and direct tropical
sunlight, other environmental challenges include maximization of
natural wind flow by sculpting the central void and reduction of
humidity levels via strategic mechanical means.
Facts about Vision City
Mall area: 100,000 m2
Projected Construction Start: End of 2009
Ho Hsiu Yen
Chong Sing Keat
Lim Wen Hui
Tan Kim Lee
CapitaLand Commercial Project Management
Davis Langdon Seah Sdn Bhd
Li-Zainal Sdn Bhd
Quill Retail Malls Sdn Bhd
RSP Engineers Sdn Bhd
Last updated: December 19, 2013
Pasadena, California, USA