YOO, RSP Architects collaborate for Kuala Lumpur's 8 Conlay

Kempinski Hotels and KSK Group Berhad (KSK Group), via its property development arm KSK Land, signed a management agreement for the luxury development, 8 Conlay, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur's Golden Triangle.

The 260-key Kempinski hotel and the branded Kempinski Residences, with 403 units, will anchor the development in the hotel tower. Together with up to 1,092 units of 8 Conlay Residences serviced by Kempinski in two adjoining towers, all areas will be linked via a central retail podium.

KSK Land selected the design collective YOO for the interior design of the first residential tower and RSP Architects to master plan the development. Kempinski will operate and service all three components of the project.

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The groundbreaking is scheduled to take place early next year, and the project is expected to be completed in 2020. Residences comprising the first residential tower are scheduled to become available for sale from March 2015 onward. Show units will be available for viewing at the sales gallery located on the site.

Located on 8 Jalan Conlay in the heart of the Golden Triangle, between the city center and a few minutes' walk from Bukit Bintang shopping district and the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur mall, the development is only a five minute drive from the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX). Kuala Lumpur International airport is accessible by car within 50 minutes. The central four-story retail podium will offer high end boutiques and fine dining restaurants, and will complement the current offering in the Bukit Bintang area.

8 Conlay's architecture by Hud Bakar, principal of RSP Architects, emphasizes livable architecture, with a focus on local context and the human aspects of buildings. The design takes a visual cue from the Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang, whereby opposing forces serve to complement one another. Showcased as modified fragments of the Yin and Yang emblem, the three towers also give form to the Chinese symbol for the number "eight," paying tribute to the development's address.

The hotel and residences will benefit from facilities such as a Kempinski The Spa, a gym, swimming pool and a variety of restaurants and bars inside the hotel complementing the offering of the central podium.

The Residences (towers A and B) will be equipped with a range of facilities accompanied with standard and a-la-carte services by the Kempinski Hotel, such as concierge, butler and maid services, 24-hour room service and a private chef, housekeeping and laundry, limousine service, arrival preparation service and residence unit maintenance packages.