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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Taking urban living to a whole new level

HOME is not just where the heart is, but a place where people rest and spend time with their family, says SDB Properties Sdn Bhd managing director Teh Lip Kim.

“Building homes and providing purchasers with extraordinary living experiences with the concept of living beyond the four walls is what we believe in,” says Teh.


Park Seven Residences at Persiaran KLCC.

With extensive research done and meticulous effort to produce Park Seven, also known as “bungalows in the sky”, SDB Properties truly deserves to be the winner of the Malaysia Property Awards 2009 under the Residential Development (High Rise) category.

“We are delighted that our flagship development is recognised by the industry as one of the best,” adds the delighted Teh.

Teh wanted Park Seven to be a 21st century interpretation of traditional tropical architecture that has a design that ensures maximum natural light and ventilation.

“When we developed Park Seven, we wanted to come up with a building that would be special and add interest to the KL skyline. A lot of work was put into the concept, which was to build comfortable, light-filled spacious homes in the heart of the city. We even walked the extra mile in making Park Seven an earthquake resistant building at no extra cost to the purchasers,” says Teh.

Back to basics
One thing that makes Park Seven unique is its “Back to Basics” theme – merging tropical living with contemporary design. SDB Properties took into consideration the question of how to live comfortably in our tropical climate, and incorporated this in their designs; ensuring there is ample ventilation in the home, and making the most of abundant natural light. Its 11 feet high ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows maximises cross-ventilation and natural lighting within each unit.

As it is “Back to Basics”, materials were carefully selected. Instead of having gloss or shiny surfaces, materials were left in their natural state to give the building a natural feel. For example, the fair face concrete for the fa├žade is exposed, impregnated with a water repellent solution. The timber used is unstained with a natural finish while granite and marble are honed and unpolished.

The usage of fair face concrete requires a great amount of care in ensuring the concrete formulation remains consistent throughout the construction period in order to ensure the concrete is well compacted.

All pipes and electrical conduits on the concrete wall needed to be determined early as they had to be cast in at the time of constructing the wall. Accuracy in location was also important as any mistakes would be difficult to rectify.

Earthquake resistant building
Park Seven is a structurally earthquake resistant residential building. It is designed to withstand the horizontal force of an earthquake and complies with British standards and the Indonesian Seismic Code.

This came after the seismic activities in the Sunda Trench on Dec 24, 2004 which resulted in tremors felt in various parts of West Malaysia and the unfortunate tsunami incident which affected various countries.

Despite the fact that Malaysia is not located in the area zoned for any level of seismic activity, SDB Properties were proactive in the situation and consulted its engineers on the seismic structural study for Park Seven. Hence, making the building even safer to live in.

Architectural design and concept
Designed with understated luxury in mind, Park Seven comprises only 105 spacious units ranging from 204.3 sq m (2,200 sq ft) to generous 5-bedroom duplexes of around 408.7 sq m (4,400 sq ft). It reconciles high-rise living with the spaciousness of a bungalow.

Homes are spacious because they have column-free flat slab ceiling within the unit – no pillars or beams running across the ceiling and optimising ceiling height and a sense of openness.

The thickness of floor slabs is 300mm, providing improved sound insulation in each unit.

Homes are private with only one unit per floor with a private lift and the private lift lobby area gives added privacy for each home. The homes not only come with fully fitted dry and wet kitchens as well as wardrobes in all rooms; most units feature large balconies measuring 6.5 feet in depth.


A beautiful night view of the KL twin towers from the Recreational Deck.

Level one of Park Seven is the Recreational Deck which is a 3386.4 sq m (36,451 sq ft) area that houses two swimming pools (lap pool and heated pool), a jacuzzi, gym, yoga/pilates studio, toddler’s room and function rooms. With a full view of the KLCC towers and breezy cross-ventilation, the deck serves as a place for anyone to unwind and rejuvenate.

A green development
SDB has certainly not forgotten about preserving the environment. In line with its theme, materials chosen are left as much as possible in the natural state and this reduces energy used in processing materials. Fair faced concrete is cast on site, thus reducing the cost of transportation, plastering and painting. In addition, a specialised self-cleaning concrete sealer is applied on the fair face concrete for long-term maintenance.

As for the radial arrangement of the seven blocks of apartments, it maximises natural daylight and cross ventilation into each unit, reducing energy costs for each unit in the long run. The seven blocks of apartments share two central cores. This allows for more efficient mechanical and electrical distribution which reduces energy wastage.

SDB has made each unit even more energy efficient by mounting in expansive windows that provide substantial natural lighting in the day and well into the late hours of daylight. The laminated glasses also help reduce heat load and hence air-cooling load over the life of the building.

Every aspect of the building has been well planned, even the car park on the ground level. Stones from the local quarry were used for the Gabion feature walls at the car park and boundary walls. It keeps the car park cool and maximises natural lighting throughout Park Seven.

Being relentless in its endeavours, SDB Properties aims to continue developing homes that are comfortable, of quality, and meeting the standards of discerning customers.

By The Star (by Leow Yong May) - Malaysia Property Award 2009 - Best Residential (High Rise)

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