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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A touch of modern simplicity

The Japanese garden located on the roof of Menara Hap Seng.

Set within the highly desirable and internationally acclaimed Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur, Menara Hap Seng is flanked by the majestic KLCC Twin Towers, the eminent KL Tower and the bustling presence of Bukit Bintang. This strategically located building (formerly known as MUI Plaza) was acquired in 2004 and is currently the Hap Seng Group’s corporate headquarters.

The building, which is on Jalan P. Ramlee, is a known landmark in the past and remains iconic till today. Having undergone a major facelift, Menara Hap Seng’s stunning facade and modern interior houses 21 levels of corporate suites.

In addition, there is also The Podium, which has a forecourt with water features, beautiful landscaping and three levels of alfresco dining, restaurants, retail outlets, banks and much more.

The building also boasts a seminar hall, meeting rooms and an auditorium. The Auditorium and Convention Centre in Menara Hap Seng is an addition to the Podium at Menara Hap Seng and seeks to provide a cost effective and flexible alternative to managing seminars and functions. There are two seminar rooms and one auditorium. The Auditorium has a capacity of 350 people while the seminar rooms have flexible arrangements of up to a maximum of 110 and 60 pax respectively.

This year Menara Hap Seng has been awarded the Malaysia Property Award 2009 in the “Office Development Category”.

Hap Seng Land chief executive (property division) Datuk Paul Ng Kee Seng.

“We are really happy and delighted with the win this year. This building has remained an icon on Jalan P. Ramlee and it will always be remembered fondly by the people in the Klang Valley and beyond,” said Hap Seng Land Sdn Bhd’s Chief Executive (Property Division) Datuk Paul Ng Kee Seng.

He further elaborated on the project. “This award has also set a new milestone for the Hap Seng brand. We are a wellestablished brand in the property industry. However, this recognition has brought the brand to greater heights given that we have proven our abilities in refurbishing an old building and giving it a new look and feel.”

Looking at Menara Hap Seng one would recognise the open and bright atmosphere of the building. Surrounded by various shops and dining outlets, its’ simplicity is distinctly unique.

“Menara Hap Seng stands out among the rest because it is able to bring a new vibrant and refreshing ambience into an office space. Its open concept and lifestyle attributes are reflective of our philosophy that office space need not be boring.”

Ng also added, “Menara Hap Seng is a reflection that Malaysians are capable of being innovative and creative when it comes to refurbishing or developing office spaces.”

Going green
In the past few years, the environment has been given much attention, including property development. Menara Hap Seng echoes the green theme by using nature as part of its design in making the office space a better environment to work in. The building has a skylight, which delivers large amounts of sunlight into the Podium. In the morning, the place is lit up with natural sunlight, which effectively saves electricity. The paint used is also environmental friendly.

Ng also said, “The building was old in its design. We took a simplistic or minimalistic concept that can be seen around in nature and emulate it to give Menara Hap Seng a cool and yet vibrant look.”

Ng continued by saying “The design for the office space needs to be highly functional yet appealing to our tenants. As such, it is a positive sign that all our available office space has been taken up, and on top of that, we receive constant request for our office space.”

Best Office Development
An office space must have an aura of comfort and satisfaction for the working person and this is aptly demonstrated at Menara Hap Seng. Ng said, “Menara Hap Seng has everything in one place, from eateries, clothing stores right up to a golf shop; everything is in place making it convenient for tenants,”

Menara Hap Seng has a wonderful concept of having the Podium with all the surrounding outlets in it. It was this concept that was one of the reasons for giving Menara Hap Seng a facelift.

When envisioning the office space, the beauty and practicality was also the main theme in making it unique. “We want to have beauty in simplicity!” said Ng. Many people who come into our building are not our tenants but those in search of food, entertainment, banking or even some retail therapy. The energy and ‘chi’ this building brings is absolutely amazing,” said Ng.

Menara Hap Seng is a unique building with its own characteristics.

The simple and beautiful make of this office space makes the building a benchmark among other office spaces around KL.

Ng continued, “My dream is that Menara Hap Seng starts off Jalan P. Ramlee into a walkway of fun and fiesta. It would be gratifying if the stretch from Menara Hap Seng all the way to Bukit Bintang be called the ‘P. Ramlee Walk’. This building is as iconic as Malaysian’s legendary artist P. Ramlee.”

With dreams and aspirations such as that, no wonder Menara Hap Seng has been made winner in the “Office Development Category.”

An iconic building contributing to the energy in KL, only more can be expected from this dynamic building and its’ plentiful offerings.

By The Star (by Prakash Daniel - Malaysia Property Award 2009 - Best Office Development)

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