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Old October 24th, 2007, 07:23 PM   #101
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Old October 24th, 2007, 07:25 PM   #102
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Old October 25th, 2007, 05:44 AM   #103
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Old October 25th, 2007, 07:40 AM   #104
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Old October 25th, 2007, 07:43 AM   #105
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Mid-Valley Gardens scheme nears completion – due for soft opening of all public spaces on the 26th of September. Half of all of the retail units are expected to be open for the event, which will see one of the grandest retail interior spaces ever designed by CivicArts come to life

Retail Gallery/Roof Garden



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Old October 25th, 2007, 07:52 AM   #106
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City & Country: Breathing life into public spaces
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Eric Kuhne on using retail to bring back pageantry of civic life

An article in the London newspaper, The Independent, aptly describes New York-based architect Eric Kuhne as more of an entertainment tycoon than the typical architect.

City & Country interviewed the man himself recently and found that Kuhne is not only a big name in the global architecture scene with some notable projects and awards, but also a person with a larger-than-life personality.

His genius will soon be felt in Kuala Lumpur when IGB Corp Bhd's The Gardens Galleria is unveiled next Wednesday (Sept 26). The galleria is the first component of the five-star The Gardens, Mid Valley City, which includes two office towers and the five-star Gardens Hotel and Residences. Kuhne is concept designer for The Gardens.

Kuhne is the managing director and founder of Eric R Kuhne and Associates, an international research and design-consulting firm dedicated to the reintegration of architecture, landscape and civic arts.

The Texan has over 30 years of experience in the field. His list of international projects include Darling Park in Sydney, the Dubai International Finance Centre in the United Arab Emirates, Burabay Lakes Resort in Kazakhstan, Avia Park in Moscow and Moana Whenua in Auckland.

One of his most significant projects is Bluewater, a 1.6 million sq ft retail and leisure complex in Kent in the UK. Kuhne served as the chief researcher, master planner, architect, landscape designer, graphic designer and civic artist of the mega-project, which won the European Award for Design Excellence and the International Lighting Award by the International Council of Shopping Centres in 2000.

It was obvious that architecture was a natural passion for Kuhne as throughout the interview, he peppered his descriptions with catchy phrases like “as boring as a box of stones”, “crap environment” and “bastard child”.

While he is passionate about architecture, Kuhne's eyes literally lit up when asked about civic space. “In the 20th century, everyone was worried about public space; for me, it is as dull as a box of stones. I believe in creating civic space and how we can use retail to bring back the pageantry of civic life to cities,” he says.

He shares the need to “breathe life into public spaces”, turning them into vibrant spots that are not just gaps between buildings by creating boulevards of greenery filled with eateries and stalls.

“As people grow more sophisticated and well travelled with higher disposable income, the city has to cater to their growing needs. They need places to exchange ideas and to interact as a community,” he adds.

The Gardens Galleria

“The Gardens Galleria will be one of the finest retail centres in Southeast Asia,” Kuhne proclaims.

He recalls how the inspiration for its overall design came about. It was during one of his trips to Malaysia and, as a habit, he would hop into a taxi and ask the driver to bring him to the “most sacred non-religious” place in the city.

“The driver thought hard and decided to bring me to Carcosa Seri Negara. It was such a charming place with its red lanterns and having tea there was akin to a picnic in the park. I invited Robert Tan [IGB's managing director] there and showed him the overall ambience we should create in The Gardens,” he shares.

The interior of The Gardens Galleria will surprise many, says Kuhne. “Most retail centres carelessly furnish their interiors, but our interior decor look like pieces of furniture. We have done away with columns, creating a balcony view of the surroundings,” he says, adding that the mall will have the feel of a 5-star hotel.

Kuhne says he tries to explore the cultures of each country he works in and come up with shapes and ideas inspired by the local people. “The lattice designs resemble the sun shields used in the old shophouses in Kuala Lumpur and on the exteriors, we have incorporated the curves of a sash from a Malay ceremonial robe. Those unfamiliar about this will only brush these details aside as pretty patterns, but the locals know it as part of their culture.”

He says that as times change, so do architectural trends and styles. “The 20th century was about standardising designs and looks. We erased cultural influences to appease modernisation, but the 21st century is about honouring and celebrating our diversity. We strive to embrace culture and display it in our designs.”

Kuhne believes the era where architectural works were copies of all things Europe is ending and says the focus is shifting towards the richness of designs found in the Middle East, Central America and Asia.

The Gardens Galleria at Mid Valley City has a nett lettable area of 850,000 sq ft and will offer over 200 shops and a roof garden. Initially, only the first three floors of the 4-storey retail podium will be opened. These will include the Fashion Galley featuring international brands; the lifestyle floor offering fine dining, bookstores, art galleries and sports boutiques; lifestyle hi-tech entertainment equipment; and the International Market Hall.

The Cocoon, on the fourth floor, dedicated to rejuvenation, will open later. The upmarket fashion-focused shopping gallery will be anchored by Robinsons of Singapore and Isetan of Japan. Exclusive international fashion labels from the Melium Group, The Link, FJ Benjamin and Royal Sporting House will be available, including some of the current favourites like Coach, Hugo Boss, Aigner, Banana Republic, Ted Baker and Massimo Dutti.

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Almost 3 million square feet of retail, 1500 hotel rooms, 3 million square feet of office, are planned for this site. Half of this is already built. We are adding Stage Two which will include two new office towers, two hotels, and dozens of restaurants all linked into a retail podium.

New gardens, boulevards, museum galleries, and ceremonial forecourts will create a vibrant civic space as part of this entire project. Links to the transit lines, monorail, and road system will make this one of the most accessible developments anywhere in Malaysia.

Built along the Klang River in the Bangsar neighbourhood just outside the downtown of Kuala Lumpur, Mid Valley Gardens will become one of the highest density mixed-use developments in Asia



Source : CivicArts / Eric R. Kuhne and Associates
When will monorail be extended to Mid Valley City?
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Old October 28th, 2007, 06:30 PM   #108
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Walking experience: A step up for pedestrians
2007/07/30 By : MOAZ YUSUF AHMAD, Subang Jaya, Selangor
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I WAS excited to read about the planned improvements to the walking experience in Kuala Lumpur ("Walking in KL will be a breeze" — NST, July 23).

It is wonderful that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall and private companies recognise that people still enjoy walking.

Improvements to the pedestrian experience will make more people confident in stepping out on their own.

More workers will also be drawn to the lively streets. Then there are tourists. It is likely that KL will see a large number of foreigners and even residents from suburbs such as Shah Alam.

Most importantly, it is good to see that the pedestrian bridge linking Mid Valley City to Pantai Dalam and Kampung Abdullah Hukum will finally be built.

The project was supposed to be a pedestrian connection as well as a public transit link, allowing LRT users to have faster access to the Mid Valley complex, as well as connect the monorail to the LRT.

Sadly, the monorail has not been extended to Mid Valley. Fortunately, the bridge will provide a link to the LRT station, which will improve public transit access to the mall, as well as reduce pressure on the Mid Valley and KL Sentral Komuter stations.


Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd should also consider accelerating the construction of the proposed Abdullah Hukum Komuter station. The transit interchange will be valuable to KTMB and LRT passengers, reduce traffic, and reduce platform congestion at KL Sentral.

I hope the management of Mid Valley will contribute to the construction of the Komuter station so it can be built sooner.

Of course, building well-lit and covered walkways are only the start. Efforts must be made to make sure the bridge is safe for pedestrians and does not become an area for crime.
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Old October 28th, 2007, 10:03 PM   #109
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Old November 5th, 2007, 04:50 AM   #110
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Old November 5th, 2007, 11:03 PM   #111
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IGB to launch Mid Valley City final phase by early 2008
Published: 2007/11/04
By Sharen Kaur
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IGB Corp Bhd, the master developer of the iconic Mid Valley City (MVC) along Kuala Lumpur's Federal Highway, will launch the final phase of the integrated mixed-use urban development by early next year, its top official said.

MVC is being developed by IGB's wholly-owned unit Mid Valley City Developments Sdn Bhd (MVCDSB) in four phases at a cost of more than RM3 billion.

The first and fourth phases have been completed while phase two is still under construction.

"The final phase or phase three will comprise niche retailing and twin tower residences, which is still in the planning stage," MVCDSB executive director Antony P. Barragry said.

In phase one, MVCDSB built the Mid Valley Megamall, the three-star Cititel Hotel, the four-star Boulevard Hotel, Menara IGB, and Centrepoint North and South while the 20-storey Northpoint, which consists of 450 units of offices and residences, was constructed in phase four.

Phase two, which will be fully developed by next year, consists of a five-storey lifestyle mall named The Gardens Galleria, the five-star The Gardens hotel, all-suite Gardens Residences, and the 32-storey The Gardens North and South Towers.

"The Gardens Residences will be launched in the first quarter of 2008, followed by the North and South Towers by mid-2008. The Gardens Hotel will come onstream by year-end," said Barragry.

Barragry said The Gardens North and South Towers, which is being built for more than RM200 million, will offer one million sq feet of gross lettable area collectively, and will be leased out to provide recurring income for the IGB Group.

Other buildings at MVC which have been leased out are Menara IGB and Centrepoint South and North.

"We expect reasonable return on investments as soon as we start to lease the properties. We are targeting multinational companies and leading locals at tenants," Barragry said.

Upon completion by 2010, MVC is expected to have some 18 million sq ft in built-up area on a 20ha site.

Barragry said the completion of MVC would also boost the IGB group's total office portfolio to four million sq feet, making it Malaysia's largest owner and manager of commercial properties.

"The impact MVC will have on adjacent land will be tremendous at it will help build land value. We are sure MVC will be a catalyst for further development in the area," he added.

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Old November 11th, 2007, 03:49 PM   #114
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Target date of completion
THE GARDENS SOUTH TOWER -1st Quarter of 2008
THE GARDENS NORTH TOWER -2nd Quarter of 2008

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Old November 23rd, 2007, 05:10 AM   #117
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Northpoint / Tan & Tan Development Berhad
Situated at the north entrance to Mid Valley City, Northpoint comprises two towers of office suites and residences. Expanding on the SOHO concept (small office home office), Northpoint offers a city lifestyle where you can combine home and office in a single building.

Northpoint encompasses all the elements of a complete lifestyle, providing a rare opportunity to work, live and play in a city built for the next generation. Here, you are connected to the other Mid Valley City developments and can take advantage of the city center convenience, with integrated transport services to and from the surrounding suburbs.

Doing business here will put you in good company. Existing office space is already fully leased and occupied, and is the address of many established organizations for their offices or headquarters. With the area set to become a landmark destination, the view from Northpoint looks outstanding.




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Construction progress: The padestrian bridge that links Mid Valley Megamall with The Garden Gallery.


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