Arte S George Town, Residential Development Penang, Georgetown Building, Malaysia
Arte S George Town, Penang
29 May 2020
Arte S George Town in Penang
Design: SPARk, Architects
Arte S, Jalan Bukit Gambier
Photos below by Nusmetro Group:
SPARK has completed Arte S a residential development located at Jalan Bukit Gambier near the city of George Town in Penang, Malaysia. The project consists of a pair of condominium towers containing 460 apartments. The tallest tower is 180m, the buildings together comprise the tallest “twin tower” development on the island.
SPARK思邦负责设计了一个位于马来西亚槟城乔治市附近的住宅开发项目—Arte S， 该项目由两栋含有460个套间的公寓塔楼组成，其中最高的一栋塔楼层高为180米，这些建筑共同组成了岛上最高的“双塔”项目。
The client Nusmetro, a Malaysian property developer commissioned SPARK Architects to design the building and its landscape.
The towers’ flowing form was inspired by the dramatic topography of Penang Island.
Photographer: Lin Ho
The towers are located between the island’s undulating hills (Bukit Gambier) and the Penang Strait.
DESIGN DESCRIPTION / 设计说明
The Arte S twin residential towers sit at the base Bukit Gambir, a lush tropical mountain located at the heart of Penang Island off the Western coast of Malaysia.
The geometry and composition of the towers was inspired the dramatic surrounding land form that mediates between the steeply rising hillside of Bukit Gambier and the coast line of the Penang Strait.
The 2 towers and the podium are articulated by the curvilinear movement of balconies, terraces and pools that echo the way man has occupied Penang’s mountainous terrain over time. The mountain landscape has been interpreted as a series of layered flat surfaces that resemble steps, a graduated terracing of the building podium and its twisting towers is the signature of the Arte S project.
The geometry of the two towers was generated by the extrusion of an elliptical floorplate, augmented by the addition of a waveform brise-soleil that is subtly rotated at each floor level to achieve the building’s twisted appearance.
The Western tower sits closer to the mountain, climbing to 50 storeys, it is the third tallest tower on Penang and offers spectacular views towards the ocean. The shorter of the 2 towers rises 32 storeys from the layered podium. The geometry of both towers steps back at their upper most levels to create penthouses sculpted from the final 3 floorplates.
西面的公寓更靠近群山，可攀登至50层，是槟城第三高的塔楼并可欣赏到壮观的海景。 2栋塔楼中较矮的一栋从层叠的裙房上升至32层。 塔楼的高区户型向内缩进，以创造出最高三层楼板所雕刻出的顶级豪宅感受。
The taller tower has a sky garden at level 35 that incorporates two pebble-form recreational “resident club” pods. The larger pod can accommodate up to 60 people for events, the smaller hanging pod houses a Jacuzzi.
Together the pods create a dramatic visual signature for the development whilst offering the residents spectacular views across Georgetown and the Strait of Penang.
The design provides a variety of apartment types for buyers. Future flexibility is achieved with column free and beam free apartment spaces that facilitate interior adjustments as tenant requirements change.
Designed for tropical living the units are orientated to bring in light and air without the need for air-conditioning.
All common areas are naturally ventilated and day-lit.
The lushly planted perimeter gardens and podium levels shroud the building’s car park and takes advantage of the tropical climate to merge naturalistic tropical planting with the building’s geometry. This result is layered, comfortable and shaded pool terraces supplemented by an organic form gymnasium pod. The green layering of the terraces continues to form a distinctive street presence and address for the development that has human scale and lush texture.
“In the early residential work of architect like Mies van der Rohe he created a new ground level by elevating the first floor. In Malaysia many residential developments sit atop ugly car parks” says Stephen Pimbley. “We wanted to capture the value of the Mies idea by lifting the piano nobile to create a beautiful landscaped communal space for the residents, that steps down as a series of green terraces to the primary street elevation of the development, shrouding the car parking facilities in a manner that is consistent and sympathetic with the layered terracing of the apartment towers” he added.
思邦合伙人Stephen Pimbley说道，“像Mies van der Rohe这样的建筑师在早期的住宅工作中，他通过提升首层来创造一层新的地面。在马来西亚，许多住宅开发项目建在可怕的停车场上。”
PROJECT DATA / 项目数据
Total GFA 72,500 (sqm)
Tower A 29 residential floors plus penthouses
Tower B 47 residential floors plus penthouses
CREDITS / 设计信息
Design Architect: SPARK
Project Directors: Stephen Pimbley, Lim Wenhui
Project Lead: Carlo Joson
DesignTeam: Ethan Hwang, Luca Maccarinelli, Mark Mancenido, Peter Morris, Jay Panelo, Lintang Wuriantari
Local Architect: East Design Architect SDN BHD
项目总监：Stephen Pimbley, Lim Wenhui 林雯慧
团队成员：Ethan Hwang, Luca Maccarinelli, Mark Mancenido, Peter Morris, Jay Panelo, Lintang Wuriantari
设计院/机电/结构设计： East Design Architect SDN BH
SPARK is a Singapore, Shanghai and London based team of designers and thinkers working in the disciplines of architecture, urbanism, interior design, landscape design, research and branding.
SPARK’s award-winning projects include Clarke Quay in Singapore, the Shanghai International Cruise Terminal (MIPIM Asia Awards 2011, “Best Mixed-Use development” award), Starhill Gallery Kuala Lumpur and the Raffles City projects in Ningbo and Beijing. Spark’s Homefarm and BeachHut projects are the winners of the Future Experimental Category at the World Architecture Festival in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
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Location: George Town, Penang, Malaysia, Southeast Asia
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