Skidmore Owings & Merrill designs WKL Hotel and Residences

Skidmore. Owings & Merrill (SOM) designed the WKL Hotel and Residences, which is slated to be completed in 2015.  This 55-story mixed-use tower developed by the Dijaya Corporation is being eyed as a landmark within Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s Golden Triangle district, considered the city’s commercial, retail and entertainment hub.

The five-star, 10-story hotel located directly below the residential building will be the boutique hotel collection’s first location in Malaysia. Located on a total site area of 55,929 square feet, the 150-key WKL will cater to both business travelers and tourists alike.

The SOM-designed tower will offer 354 one-to-four-bedroom apartments on the top 28 floors. The independent residential building will have its own open-air rooftop pool and top-floor amenities, including a gym and a multipurpose recreation room.

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A 12-story podium will house the hotel’s sky lobby, spa, main ballroom and meeting and banquet rooms, as well as destination lounges, signature restaurants and car parking. An outdoor pool will be located on the podium rooftop.

Separate entrances for residential, hotel and ballroom components will all be provided on the ground floor, with a designated elevator for the exclusive residences. Shuttle elevators from the ground floor will provide access to the sky lobby and the public functions of the hotel, as well as parking.