The hanging gardens of Babylon were one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Mah Sing Group now boasts of having its own hanging gardens in its M City development, located on a 5-acre site along Embassy Row at Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
The three-tower development comprises 1,585 SOHO and serviced apartment units, boutique retail shops and Sky Residences. The project was designed to respect the urban fabric and existing infrastructure of the city. The podium block is built parallel to the street, offering the SOHO and retail lots high visibility with its prominent frontage.
Embracing a Garden City Living theme, M City features an innovative landscaping concept with its multi-level thematic hanging gardens. Each of the six gardens, located at different tiers of the tower, is crafted according to a specific theme.
For example, the Lagoon Park on level 7 has a lagoon running through, with bridges and a gardenwalk. The Bamboo Grove offers a bamboo foreston level 11, complete with trickling fountains and stone path. A stream and a cascading waterfall are found at the Spring Park on level 17, while a garden supplements a host of recreational facilities at the Altitude Sky Club on levels 23 through 26.
The Tropical Sanctuary on level 29 has a sky deck and forest garden, while at level 35, the Sky Garden has hammocks, cabanas and several types of pools.
The aim of the landscaping concept is to break away from the rigidity and detachment of cosmopolitan living by creating ample conveniently accessible outdoor spaces and recreational areas distributed throughout the building.
MORE THAN GARDENS
M City also has provisional Green Building Index and BCA Green Mark certifications for its many sustainability efforts, which include using recyclable construction materials manufactured in environmentally sustainable ways, rainwate harvesting, water treatment system, high efficiency T5 lighting in the common areas, energy-efficient air-conditioning, Green roof for insulation and heat absorption, and automated waste collection system for solid waste disposal.
The high-performance glass exterior façade insulates the building from traffic noise and allows plenty of natural light into the units; this reduces the need for artificial indoor lighting and cuts down on heat transfer. The car park ventilation system is controlled by carbon monoxide sensors to ensure air quality.
Project Name: M City
Location: Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Towers 1 and 2: 2016
Tower 3: January 2017
Site Area: 5 acres
Gross Floor Area: 178,178 square metres
Towers 1 and 2: 36 storeys
Tower 3: 35 storeys
Client/Owner: Oasis Garden Development Sdn Bhd (subsidiary of Mah Sing Group Bhd)
Architecture Firm: A 61 Architect
Principal Architect: International Design Studio (IDS Pte Ltd)
Principal Architect: Art & Domain Sdn Bhd
Civil & Structural Engineer: AEC Consult Sdn Bhd
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: EOC Consult Sdn Bhd
Quantity Surveyor: KPK Consult Sdn Bhd
Lighting Consultant: Accent Lighting Sdn Bhd
Landscape Architect: WDI Design Sdn Bhd
Green Building Consultant: BSC Consult Sdn Bhd
Main Contractors: Pembinaan Bintang Baru Sdn Bhd; Eng Han Bina Sdn Bhd
Images: Mah Sing Group Bhd