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A Patchay.Com Special Presentation

Q: Do we need so many buildings?

PATCHAY.COM finds out this week some of the most interesting planned/visionised skyscrapers and urban centres in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

We have decided to include several artistic renderings, but these may not be an accurate representation of the final concept.

Architecturally inspired. These supertall buildings were planned to change KL skyline. Three out of six have started and they are: Lot C KLCC, Ilham Baru Tower, both Felda and Naza Towers at Platinum Park KLCC.

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It was estimated that more than a dozen skyscrapers (hotels, commercial and residential) will be completing soon within the next 6 months.

For offices, there'll be an additional 3 million of space coming into the market in 2011.

A drawing of a potential 100-storey Warisan Merdeka. The megatower will start in 2011. But it isn't the only megatower in KL, as many were already proposed in the past.

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In fact, this is in tandem with the overall expected economic growth and business expansion of corporations. And for most parts of Asia, the trend seems to show similar robust in both the construction and property industry.

Many recent property launches were taken up impressively. The REIT, in particular, has gained some momentum in Malaysia over the last few years.

Berjaya Group's vision: A 108-storey tower at the site of Selangor Turf Club.

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According to a latest report by CB Richard Ellis Malaysia, the current overall occupancy rate of office space in Kuala Lumpur stands at approximately 86.6% (June 2010).

The Petronas Twin Towers has had close to 100% occupancy rate for several years (might have dropped in recent months due to lease renewals). This has prompted its owner, KLCC Holdings to construct a new 59-storey building next to the Twin Towers for Petronas' expansion plans.

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Sooner or later, someone will propose to build another tall and iconic landmark. Like other Asian cities, the rise of skyscrapers is a symbol of prosperity and wealth of the nation and the upper class society.

Cesar Pelli, the Twin Tower designer will be designing another landmark next to it. The project will start in 2011.

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It is widely believed that despite the higher-than-expected occupancy rate, average rentals per square feet for both commercial and residential continue to fall due to competition from new supplies and higher requirements by tenants.

Selected tenants who can afford higher rentals have continued to be much sought after, but the intense competition have forced owners to offer better deals and an option to upgrade based on the needs of their tenant.

It is worth noting that the demand for GREEN buildings is growing fast and unfortunately, many buildings in KL would not satisfy this requirement.

Besides Warisan Merdeka, PNB plans to redevelop former MAS Building, also in 2011.

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"During 2009, 14 new buildings were completed for a total of 4.8 million square feet of office space in Kuala Lumpur, of which 3.0 million square feet was pre-let or let in 2009. It was estimated that some 1.8 million square feet of vacant space in these buildings was carried over into 2010." (CBRE Malaysia)

The proposed Tamansari Riverside Garden City will feature KL's first 60-storey revolving tower.

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Further, office space in Kuala Lumpur remained among the lowest in Asia Pacific and globally, at a total occupancy cost of around USD 26 per square feet annually.

Nobody will know exactly how long Kuala Lumpur will remain at that level.

Nobody will know exactly how successful Kuala Lumpur would be in attracting new global investors.

These models of Kampung Baru depicted higher density than Hong Kong.

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The government's recent announcement of megaprojects have further deepen the anxiety amongst investors on the directions of the city's future market.

People on the streets began talking about a potential bubble and an oversupply situation that could reduce the attractiveness of doing business in Kuala Lumpur.

The 6 urban projects under the Government's economic transformation programme. Sg Buloh RRI - Matrade World Centre - Kampung Baru - Bangsar City - KL International Financial District - Malayia City Sg Besi

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Patchay.Com believes that more details of those projects announced should be provided from time to time to maintain the confidence of the business community.

Megaprojects should be carried out in the most transparent manner as it may involve a huge amount of public-sourced funds, either directly or indirectly. Transparency and accountability are the key points.

Besides KL, Petaling Jaya is fast catching up with privately-funded megaprojects. But the developer will be PKNS, a state-owned agency, that is now planning to create a niche in integrated mixed development.

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Patchay.Com firmly believes that megaprojects are not the only option to kickstart a stagnant economy that was prevailing from previous years.

Megaprojects are needed as well, but not to the extent of de-prioritising other pressing needs such as funding for a good public transportation system, not just rail, but also busses.

Current planned, proposed and under-construction towers in KL alone. Like other Asian cities, the rise of skyscrapers is a symbol of prosperity and wealth.

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Lastly, despite having provided for a RM40 billion MRT system Patchay.Com believes what is more important is to speed-up its implementation by reducing "systemic" bureaucracy and to integrate with existing infrastructure.

"For the benefit of all, a really large economic impact is akin to building 5 lines of MRT, not as compared to building a 100-storey building."

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Kuala Lumpur Megatowers & Megaprojects contnues with

Part 2 - New Urban Centres in Klang Valley...

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The author is young and passionate with innovative ideas being used in enriching new communities. He is currently attached with one of the global Big 4 accounting firm. He is also an independent urban development commentator on Skyscrapercity.Com, a global urbanity online platform. The author can be contacted at patchayik@yahoo.com.

"It was one day in 2015...

...the inhabitants of the Land have gathered in unison to demonstrate against Warisan Merdeka."

The sky was getting dark with heavy moisture, yet it was eerily calm.

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As the entire nation reels from an economic state of trepidation...

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It was back in 2011, the guardians of the Land had decided to erect a 5 billion ringgit towering altar of more than 500m.

One that would rise above the plains of the legendary Victoria Institution.

NOTE: THIS PICTURE DOES NOT REPRESENT THE FINAL DESIGN

By 2015, Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) plans to build a 100-storey tower within Warisan Merdeka, next to Stadium Merdeka. The urban rejuvenation area would be something like a new KLCC.

Many observers believed that the tower is expected to house an "all-in-one", consisting of hotel rooms, apartments, suites, offices, retail and tourist facilities.

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Warisan Merdeka, as what it was known then.

An integrated mixed-use structure, that would easily impressed our neighbours. But that's too much arrogance for the common inhabitants.

Supposedly symbolically reflecting the past and the future, the greatness of freedom and the Land's sovereignty achievement.

But that's not about all.

Merdeka Park, a proposal consisting upscale complex overlooking stadia land.

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The guardians of the Land had conceived the idea as one identity that would propel the Land into the forefront of civilisation.

Could we believe that?

Tiara Merdeka, another proposal back many years ago.

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Despite that, the resentment grew larger as the idea was thought to bring posteriority to other pressing issues of the Land.

Ironically, and undeniably, as of today many inhabitants of this resource-rich Land are still ill-equipped, and even some deprived of the most common modern amenities.

Could we believe that?

The guardians of the Land had wanted to centralised its idealistic imagination right in the heart of the Land, in preparation for a "globalisation" invasion.

Globalisation of building mega towers, from Abu Dhabi to Yokohama.

They claimed the idea was first mooted way before this decade.

Well, this is not the only towering altar. A dozen others are on the way.

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Q: What do you think of this project?

Special thanks: Computer generated images were contributed and first posted by msyukry08, a participant at SSC Malaysia. The preliminary artistic rendering does not represent the actual impression of the project. The images have yet to be verified or endorsed by any relevant party.

Interesting trivial:

- Burj Khalifa in Dubai (828m), the tallest building in the world, has 160 habitable floors.

- In 2008, Dubai has proposed "Nakheel Tower" that will have more than 200 habitable floors. Since then, Kuwait and Jeddah have announced theirs too.

- In Sept 2010, neighbouring country Cambodia announced plans to build a 555-meter tower. Taipei 101 in Taiwan is 509m with 101 floors.

- Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Tianjin and Dalian are China cities that are now building skyscrapers that have 100 floors or more.

- The newly completed ICC Hong Kong (484m) has 118 floors.

- North Korea's Ryugyong Hotel, which is due for completion in 2012, has 105 floors.

- Petronas Twin Towers (452m) are now the 5th world's tallest building.

- Other cities building supertall towers are Moscow, Mumbai, Panama City, Seoul and New York City.

Yao Yao Ping Fried Chicken

16 October, 2010 | Written by Patchay at 2:06 PM in ,

What comes to your mind when you feel like having some crispy, finger-lickin' good Fried Chicken?

Now a Malaysian Chinese hawker in Pandamaran, Klang is gonna give a good challenge to KFC.

Besides Bak Kut Teh, Klang is now home to "Selangor's Best Homemade Fried Chicken", as what many of its customers had claimed in the Internet world.

Patchay.Com made a visit somewhere in September and found out that the fried chicken is pretty good.

Total score: 70/100, in comparison to KFC Damansara Jaya: 85/100, which received higher points simply for ambience.

And instead of having Pepsi that comes with it at KFC, here you'll find ice-blended hawker drinks, in particular the longan mata kucing.

our convoy of cars...

For sure people of all walks of life, whether you're from Klang or Damansara or Cheras, will visit this outlet day in day out.

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Kedai Makanan & Minuman Yao Yao Ping
Opposite SJK (C) Pandamaran B
1503B, Jalan Young,
Pandamaran Jaya,

Pelabuhan Klang,
42000 Klang, Selangor

Alot of people have been asking me to share something about the new Kuala Lumpur International Financial District.

All I have is to show you the below pictures for now.

Printscreen from http://www.klifd.com.

Well, the new Kuala Lumpur, or rather KLIFD (sometimes called 1Malaysia Financial Centre) is a RM26 billion project that will be built from the middle of next year (2011), as reported in the media recently.

Secondly, this project is often mistaken with the proposed development of Sg. Besi Airport, which was also envisioned to become another Financial Centre, or rather an Islamic Financial Centre.

I say KLIFD is not Sg. Besi.

This project is situated on a 34.4 hectares of land near Jalan Tun Razak and Bulatan Pandan (SMART Tunnel).

This project is being developed by 1Malaysia Development Board, undeniably which has some links to Jho Low, the young chap who partied with Paris Hilton, etc.

the location of the megaproject

In fact, KLIFD is not something new to us. The development was previously known as "Dataran Perdana" which is synonymous with the development of Pudu's Pasarakyat Bus Terminal.

Finally, I was told that two lines of the proposed MRT for Greater KL will inter-changed at this new urban area. And I read somewhere someone suggested Bursa Malaysia to move its office to here. LOL

- OK, it's time to eat, then sleep, Adios! -

Melbourne-based Monash University may set up another Malaysian campus, this time in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city.

Presenting in KL Sentral, what is set to be Malaysia's tallest and most iconic school development.

The artistic rendering showed two 48-storey school-cum-residences tower being located just next to Kuala Lumpur's Sentral station, Malaysia's premier transportation and commercial hub.

The authenticity of the proposed project has not been verified, but it is believed to house Monash University's Faculty of Architecture (School of Arts & Design).

Monash currently has 6 academic schools at its suburban Sunway campus.

The iconic twin-tower structure features a sky-park sandwiched in between and acting as a connector between the two structures.

The sky-park will feature swimming pool, gym and a students' cafeteria.

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Q: What do you think of this project?

Special thanks: Computer generated images were contributed and first posted by rizalhakim, a participant at SSC Malaysia.

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