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Angkasa Raya by Ole Scheeren

The Angkasa Raya skyscraper designed by Ole-Scheeren. Rendering: Buro Ole Scheeren

Ole Scheeren designed a skyscraper Angkasa Raya for Kuala Lumpur. The special feature: A four-story high tropical garden in the middle of the tower.

The Dutch Architect Ole Scheeren, formerly a partner at OMA, designed as a 268 m high skyscraper called Angkasa Raya for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that will be situated next to the Petronas Twin Towers - the tallest buildings in the world between 1998 and 2004.

The Angkasa Raya skyscraper is situated close to Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Twin Towers. Design by Ole-Scheeren. Rendering: Buro Ole Scheeren

The Angkasa Raya is made up of three cubic volumes that are meant to appear floating above open, horizontal layers. The office of Ole Scheeren planned the ground levels to form an “interconnected spiral of both pedestrian and vehicular circulation and draw the diversity of the streetscape into the building.”

View of the ground floors of the Angkasa Raya skyscraper. Design by Ole-Scheeren. Rendering: Buro Ole Scheeren

The program of the tower includes shops, cafes, car parks and prayer rooms all to be placed in the lower levels of the building will house. A restaurant, bar and an infinity swimming pool will be located amongst the garden floors. 280 apartments will occupied the stories above the garden floors, while a luxury hotel will be located inside a smaller adjoining block.

View of the garden floors of the Angkasa Raya skyscraper. Design by Ole-Scheeren. Rendering: Buro Ole Scheeren

As the Buro Ole Scheeren explains, the quality of the Angkasa Raya lies in the garden floors and the environmentally responsible design: “Lush green gardens and terraces offer intimacies within the extreme urban density of the surrounding metropolis, while carefully shaded facades and a naturally ventilated atrium underline the environmental responsibility of the design.”

The demolition of the existing building on site was completed this summer and the construction of the Angkasa Ray is scheduled to start at the beginning of 2012.

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