Menara Jland

 Menara JLand (right) fits harmoniously with Menara Komtar (with purple lights) Menara JLand is the newest addition to the Johor Bahru city skyline. Its asymmet...

Menara JLand (right) fits harmoniously with Menara Komtar (with purple lights) Menara JLand is the newest addition to the Johor Bahru city skyline.

Its asymmetrical form conjures a modern urban sculpture that can be appreciated from different angles.

Its contemporary façade design, geometric appeal and sheer height make it a welcoming ‘gateway’ from both land and sea.

The tower fits harmoniously with the surrounding architecture, in particular its neighbouring Menara Komtar, which consolidates the design geometry and unifies the silhouette.

This 30-storey Grade ‘A’ office tower is perched atop a seven-storey retail podium known as Komtar JBCC.

Its floor plates taper towards the observatory deck on the 34th floor, where it offers 360-degree aerial views of downtown Johor Bahru and Singapore from its cantilevered glass sky walk.

GREEN CONSCIOUS The GBI gold-rated tower incorporates a cold-warped unitised aluminium curtainwall system that provides ample natural lighting, boosts energy efficiency and acts as a waterproof barrier.

Electronic air filters promote better air quality in the indoor environment and keep adverse pollutants at bay.

Double glazed low-E windows, custom venetian blinds and light shelves channel daylight into the building, reducing the use of artificial lighting and eliminating direct sunlight glare without sacrificing good outdoor views.

These strategies enable usable daylight levels to be achieved up to 4 to 5 metres from the façade, which makes for a more conducive working environment for occupants.

A distinctive asymmetrical ‘urban sculpture’ Other sustainability features include low-energy lighting, energy-efficient equipment and fittings, rainwater harvesting system and connectivity to the city’s public transit network.

It is connected via a covered footpath to the Sultan Iskandar Building (CIQ).

A total of 18 sky gardens, each located on alternate floors, create an extensive green network throughout the building.

All timber doors located at the lift lobbies are MTCC-certified, while 70 per cent of all construction waste was diverted from the landfill to the recycling centre.

As the building has only eight lift cores, the management invested in a destination-controlled lift system for more efficient vertical transportation.

These smart lifts—the first of their kind in Johor Bahru—automatically coordinate and optimise the lift journey for users and reduce waiting time to less than 40 seconds, even at peak hours.

CONSTRUCTION CHALLENGES The main challenge for this project was the very limited site area—nestled between the trunk road of Jalan Tun Abdul Razak and Jalan Wong Ah Fook—which hindered construction progress.

Building materials could only be hoisted up between 10 pm and 6 am, with minimum storage area, and concreting work could also only be done at night to minimise risks to business activities at the neighbouring buildings.

Menara JLand was constructed on the existing KOMTAR JBCC.

This, together with the connection of the office tower to the shopping complex, added to the complexity of tasks involved, particularly in the design, construction process and regulatory procedures.

Notwithstanding the above, Menara JLand has become the first building in the city to have multiple CCCs within the same complex.

The building obtained a QLASSIC certification for quality workmanship from CIDB with a score of 75 per cent.

Main office lobby reception Observatory deck ticketing counter Skyscape: the first aerial entertainment space in Johor project data Project Name Menara JLand Location Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia Completion Date January 2018 Gross Floor Area 38,000 square metres Building Height 37 storeys Developer Johor Land Bhd Project Manager Abdul Rahim Zulkawi Architecture Firm VERITAS Architects Sdn Bhd Principal Architect Md Shah Jaffar Project Architect Nadzeem Abdullah Interior Design Firm VERITAS Interiors Principal Designer Regina Thangam Civil & Structural Engineer Perunding Gemilang Jaya Sdn Bhd Mechanical & Electrical Engineer Jurutera Budiman (M&E) Sdn Bhd Quantity Surveyor ARH Jurukur Bahan Sdn Bhd Façade Consultant Pintar Jaya (M) Sdn Bhd Landscape Architect DIC Design Sdn Bhd Green Building Consultant VERITAS Environment Sdn Bhd Main Contractor MRCB Builders Sdn Bhd Images Johor Land Bhd window.onload = function(){ document.querySelector(‘meta[name=viewport]’).setAttribute(‘content’,’width=device-width,initial-scale=1.0,initial-scale=1,user-scalable=yes’); }.

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